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Old 05-24-2010, 07:01 AM   #1
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How can I protect the outlet of a sump pump discharge to the exterior so things don't back up into it or a rat doesn't decide to setup shop?

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Old 05-24-2010, 07:43 AM   #2
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Most sump pumps use a 1 - 1/2 inch outlet pipe, or possibly a 2 inch pipe. That is what I have on my system, and I run it directly into a 5 gallon bucket with 1/2 inch holes cut in the sides. The pipe actually discharges into a few big rocks on the bottom of the bucket, works fine, no rats. If you are really concerned, you can buy a plastic housing to cover the outlet that deters rodents.

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Old 05-24-2010, 07:47 AM   #3
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Put an adapter on the end to connect to a slightly larger diameter pipe, and then put screening on the larger diameter open end. Use 1/4 inch wire mesh rather than window screen.
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An adapter with a screen like AllanJ mentions is your best option if your really that concerned about pests entering your discharge line. As long as the pump is cycled once a month, you won't have any problems, and if something does get in there, the next time the pump kicks on, it will be "evicted" in no time!
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What about snow? My sump currently empties into the waste stack, so I have not had the pleasure. We did have 30" here last year and the sump ran quite a bit.
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What about snow? My sump currently empties into the waste stack, so I have not had the pleasure. We did have 30" here last year and the sump ran quite a bit.
The waste stack for Town sewer ?
That's a violation in most areas, here its up to a $1500 fine
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Been that way for 60 years...

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