Sump Pump Drainage Standards

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A sump pump drainage system is part of the larger sump pump mechanism, which is responsible for preventing floods and water buildup inside of your home. In some houses, water may accumulate underneath a house, eventually leading to floods and serious damage.

A sump pump collects the pooled water and moves it to a different location, thereby avoiding potential water damage, flooding, or other undesirable effects. The water from the sump pump must be disposed of properly, or the sump pump may break or fail to operate properly. The following are some of the guidelines associated with proper sump pump drainage systems.

Do Not Connect the Sump Pump Drainage Line With a Floor Drain

Although it may seem convenient to have your sump pump drain the water through a basement floor drain, doing so damages the systems within your home. If your home operates on a septic system, the introduction of extra water to the septic drainage and water flow mechanisms can cause damage to your septic tank and may eliminate the effectiveness of the sump pump.

If your home water drains directly into a public sewer system, it is likely that your area has ordinances prohibiting the drainage of sump pump water into the public sewer. Sump pump water may be contaminated sewer lines contain clean water for processing and other tasks. Check with your local building authorities before connecting your sump pump drainage system to any home drainage line.

Drain Your Sump Pump Away From the Home

Draining sump pump water too close to your house can cause unsanitary conditions that may lead to bacteria growth and other health risks. It may negates the benefits of having a sump pump, as water may be able to more readily seep back into your basement or other parts of your home. For that reason, it is best to run the sump pump drainage line in such a way that it deposits at least 20-feet away from any part of your home allowing the water to drain away from buildings.

For Optimal Results, Maintain Your Sump Pump Drainage System

Although sump pumps do not have filtration systems, they do have screens that collect large pieces of material and may become clogged. Periodically changing or cleaning these components of the pump helps keep your drainage system working efficiently and cleanly. Most manufacturer's recommend annual maintenance. If you have any other questions about installing your sump pump drainage system, contact a contractor or a plumber in your area.