Sump Pump Location - Plumbing - DIY Home Improvement | DIYChatroom

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Plumbing


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-28-2012, 03:28 PM   #1
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10

Sump Pump Location

How do I decide where to put a sump pump and how do I have it drain from my basement. I live in Saskatoon, SK. I'm going to be putting a legal suite in my basement. I realize there are codes but not sure where to put the pump!


Judster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2012, 03:56 PM   #2
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Winston-Salem NC
Posts: 3,895
Rewards Points: 2,464

Originally Posted by Judster View Post
How do I decide where to put a sump pump and how do I have it drain from my basement.
What have the contractors you're hiring told you they'll do?


TarheelTerp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2012, 08:29 PM   #3
Master General ReEngineer
Bondo's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Chaumont River, Ny.
Posts: 6,665
Rewards Points: 1,736

Ayuh,... At the lowest point, hopefully near a waste water drain....
Bondo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2012, 06:24 AM   #4
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Nashua, NH, USA
Posts: 7,971
Rewards Points: 1,548

It's a tradeoff among low point in the basement and where you pump the water to. If the floor level varies by more than an inch, that would greatly favor the low point.

The low point has the obvious advantage in that water that got spilled on the floor (such a from a burst water heater) will flow to the pit. But you may end up with a hard to hide or headroom reducing pump outlet pipe going across the ceiling.

Perimeter drain pipes must not slope down away from the sump (pit). (Level from end to end despite a few minor undulations is acceptable.) It may be desirable to lay these before choosing the pit location. Unusual and special and usually more expensive considerations apply if you absolutely positively must run perimeter drain pipes along and below the foundation footers. You must not pump the water into a septic system and in most cities you may not pump it into the sanitary sewer.
The good conscientious technician or serviceperson will carry extra oils and lubricants in case the new pump did not come with oil or the oil was accidentally spilled, so the service call can be completed without an extra visit.

Last edited by AllanJ; 04-29-2012 at 06:39 AM.
AllanJ is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sump pump jerks when it turns on Sparkastic Plumbing 3 08-25-2011 06:51 PM
sump pump "pit falls" bubbler Plumbing 6 03-09-2011 08:45 AM
Sump pump float height dac122 Plumbing 8 12-08-2010 08:47 AM
How to test a sump pump sherlock Plumbing 2 10-02-2010 08:04 AM
Sewer gas smell in basement from sump pump mirage212 Plumbing 15 10-23-2008 06:09 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1