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deck hand 09-19-2007 07:40 AM

sump pump where does it empty to ?
At my son's Home he has been in for two years I noticed his sump pump dumping into a 4" pipe going into the ground behind the house. I wonder where does this go? My son was never told and we just wonder if there is a code that determine's where this should go?

Deck hand

Ron The Plumber 09-19-2007 10:40 AM

What dumps into this pit?"

mdlbldrmatt135 09-19-2007 11:25 AM

Probably out into the yard........ Not much "code" for runoff / Sumps in residential applications..... other than not hooking into the sanitary lines....

Mike Swearingen 09-20-2007 03:52 AM

Residentail sump pump discharge could go almost anywhere...piped into a drainage ditch, a "dry" sump pit, an underground perforated drain tile, a sewer or septic system, or just out on the surface of a yard, etc., unless there are some local code restrictions.
No telling. As long as whatever it is isn't plugged up and it takes all of the sump pump discharge with no problem, I wouldn't worry about it.
If that 4" pipe is "open", I would wrap it with something to prevent dirt, leaves, debris from eventually clogging it, however.
Good Luck!

deck hand 09-20-2007 11:46 AM

thanks mike

slakker 09-20-2007 05:29 PM

In Canada, some jurisdictions by code determines whether it goes to storm drane or sewage. So it may depend where his home is....

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