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Old 04-12-2017, 05:44 PM   #1
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Is a sump pump mandatory?


I'm working at the plumbing layout for our house and because we are building on the hill I'm wondering if a sump pump in the sump basin is mandatory. I can layout the pipes for a gravity drain of the basin but not sure if this is this accepted by the code?
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If the water can be routed to drain out via gravity, I don't know what the requirement would be for forced ejection except as a back up and routed out via a different pathway in case the gravity drain ever becomes obstructed.
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If the water can be routed to drain out via gravity, I don't know what the requirement would be for forced ejection except as a back up and routed out via a different pathway in case the gravity drain ever becomes obstructed.
..but the same concern can be applied if a pump exist; the outlet also can be obstructed..no?

In any case with or without pump I'm planning to route the outlet down the hill as I consider as clean water no waste. Does somebody know if is any regulation about this, as example to to build a basin for natural drain?

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Less likely to be obstructed via the ejection and emptying on the ground vs. sub ground level.
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Re: Is a sump pump mandatory?


It could be a local code to have one.

However if it is not code to have one, then I would not even install a sump pit. I would simply let the line drain by gravity.
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I'm working at the plumbing layout for our house and because we are building on the hill I'm wondering if a sump pump in the sump basin is mandatory. I can layout the pipes for a gravity drain of the basin but not sure if this is this accepted by the code?
Thanks for any advice.
If you're talking strictly storm water, then I doubt most plumbing codes cover it except to say that you don't pipe it to the sewer/septic.

Best to check with your bldg. dept.
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Agree that it might be required by local code, even if practically not required. We had a house in a small city with a bone-dry sump and the cord from the pump didn't even reach the receptacle. Same for the outlet - may or may not be governed by a local rule. Provincial/State and local building codes are often driven by caution from past events, '100 year weather event' liability, etc.
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First, you have to understand that there is no building code that covers the entire universe that this site reaches, not even one uniform code for the US. W/o listing at least a state that you reside in, there not much actual help anyone can offer.

That said, where I live and work, the great state of Wisconsin, OUR building code states that every dwelling needs a sump basin/crock, and pumps are optional........
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