Sump Pump draining issue


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Old 04-11-15, 06:57 AM
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Sump Pump draining issue

Hello,

When I looked out the window this morning I saw water spraying in a place where I have never seen a pipe before. I went out side and I saw that the water dug a hole around a pipe fitting for my sump pump. I have no idea where the sump pump drains but this pipe goes into my backyard. First question is where does my water drain to? I have never seen an end to the pipe. Why is the sump pump not draining properly? Next, how do I fix this issue temporarily and permanently? Any details describing the issue I am having would be great.

Oh I have city sewer if that helps. I don't think this is going to the sewer though.


Thanks!
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Old 04-11-15, 07:45 AM
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It's not supposed to go to the sewer line. It might go to a dry well. You would have to follow to the pipe & do some digging. Maybe some dirt got in the pipe when it sprung a leak. Cut out the piece where the leak is. Make sure that there is no blockages & reconnect the pipe with whatever type of coupling will work.
 
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Old 04-11-15, 03:15 PM
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What's your location?
Any place that freezes never should have been that shallow.
No way would I have used a copper drain line.
What's that black line made of?
Should have been all PVC.
Look at the hose clamps on the left in that first picture, this is not the first this has been an issue.
 
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Old 04-12-15, 06:15 AM
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Good morning!

So as you could assume I live in New England where we got some pretty nasty snow this year. The past week has been all rain and snow melting. I think that pipe is galvanized steel from decades ago. It looks like the pipe was not draining properly as the first commenter suggested. I actually followed the pipe and it went right through my yard into my neighbor's yard. The fitting you see is from steel to PVC, so you must be right about this not being the first time this was an issue. The part where it was leasing was actually not at the fitting. There was a home under the steel pipe near the fitting. So I have no idea where this pipe goes but I'm just going to dig it up and do a PVC dry well.
 
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Old 04-12-15, 06:34 AM
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Right, a dry well is the best idea.
 
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Old 04-12-15, 04:50 PM
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If you do a dry well,

o It must be some distance away from your house.
o It must never fill up and overflow.
 
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Old 04-13-15, 11:30 AM
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why can't it overflow if I had the overflow opening at the top?
 
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Old 04-13-15, 04:31 PM
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Correction. I take that back.

Yes it may overflow provided you let it overflow out there.
With the exception that the pipe back to the house must, except for the initial vertical rise out of the basement, allow gravity flow of all water that the inside sump pump wants to eject and water must not flow back to the house either via the sump pump pipe or on the surface.
 
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Just a tip: you can trace that pipe with a decent metal detector rather than digging the whole thing up.
 
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Old 04-13-15, 04:55 PM
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Forum won't let me edit (white edit box I cannot type into) so here is the edited version as a new tesxt

Correction. I take that back.

Yes it may overflow provided water comes out on the surface before any would back up the pipe coming from the house and such overflow is unchecked and does not flow back to the house on the surface.

Except for the vertical up out of the basement, the sump pump outlet pipe must have gravity flow.
 
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Old 04-14-15, 05:52 PM
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Thanks for all the input. I ended up replacing all the pipe with PVC and adding the dry well as far away from the house as possible so I didn't have to worry about the pipe or the water re-entering the basement. The overflow for the dry well is at a lower point than the beginning of the pipe in my basement so we should not have an issue with the water backing up into my basement. Hopefully it works great! Thanks for all the advice.
 
 

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