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Old 05-31-2011, 11:54 AM   #1
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Hey all-Recently I have been informed by my city public works that my sump pump draining into my sewer is against code and must be changed within 30 days. Knowing that the house AND sump pump existed before the sewer pipe I went searching for the old discharge. I have found one unexplained pipe that runs out my basement wall and halfway through my yard and because for some reason it is now attached to a water pipe(thinking someone had a fountain at one time)I know it is flushed and ready. My question is the pipe extending through the wall is 1" to 1 1/4" and it's flexible...Is it feasible for me to attempt to attach my 2 1/2" pvc coming out of my sump pump to this drainage hose??? Really can't afford a plumber right now and since I'm a city employee I can't really drag my feet on this...

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Old 05-31-2011, 05:50 PM   #2
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TRy it and see what happens. Get a couple of 5-gal buckets with water and empty one into the pit and see if it pumps through without issue. If the line is clear it should come out. 2 1/2" discharge is pretty large for most sump pumps, usually 1 1/2" is used; will need an reducing fitting at least.

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Hey all-Recently I have been informed by my city public works that my sump pump draining into my sewer is against code and must be changed within 30 days. Knowing that the house AND sump pump existed before the sewer pipe I went searching for the old discharge. I have found one unexplained pipe that runs out my basement wall and halfway through my yard and because for some reason it is now attached to a water pipe(thinking someone had a fountain at one time)I know it is flushed and ready. My question is the pipe extending through the wall is 1" to 1 1/4" and it's flexible...Is it feasible for me to attempt to attach my 2 1/2" pvc coming out of my sump pump to this drainage hose??? Really can't afford a plumber right now and since I'm a city employee I can't really drag my feet on this...
How did your city PW dept know that your sump was dumping into the sewer?
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:56 PM   #4
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Run a new line to an open area in the yard or somewhere. I would not reduce the size of the discharge, That puts more stress on the pump and voids the warranty of the pump and 2 1/2 inches does sound odd.
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Old 06-01-2011, 01:21 PM   #5
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It would probably be better not to use the unexplained pipe yet. It might end up outside quite close to the house and the water poured down it could make its way back to the house drainage system and sump (pit).

Temporarily run a new line on the surface and ending some distance from the house if possible.
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