Can I route Sump Pump Discharge into basement wash sink?
I know it is probably against code, but I am considering it for a
I put a pipe underground to route my sump pump discharge away from my
house, it was a great idea, running it out about 20 feet away from the
house, then letting it spill out over the driveway. In my real moment
of genious, I forgot to consider the water freezing over the winter,
turning my driveway and pedestrian sidewalk into a literal skating
rink. Dooop. Anyway, I now need to dig a longer trench and get it
all the way out to the street, but ground is already frozen so that
won't happen until next spring/summer. Mean time I need to find a way
to keep the ice off the driveway & sidewalk, simply for safety sake.
My sump pump has a 2" PVC pipe running up the basement wall and
outside. I am considering putting a T in that pipe, with a couple of
valves. I would run a line out sideways, about 20 feet, then into the
wash sink. I would open the valve to the wash sink, and close to valve
to outside, and have the water drain into the wash sink when conditions
outside are cold enough to make ice.
Aside from the problem of adding water to the sewer system(which is not
great, but considering the icy alternatives, and that it is temporary,
I am just planning to go ahead and do it) are there any other problems
that I would be creating?
Not contradicting anything anyone else has said.
Two comments that I see, Jack, which may not apply to you. I live
near a stream and a main sewer which parallels it. When the rain is
enough, about once every 2 or 3 years, maybe more often, the stream
overflows the manholes and floods the sewer which then backs up into
the basement sink. I keep my sink plugged so it won't overflow. If
the sewer even fills to the bottom of your sink or less, the added
water from the sump will cause your sink to overflow, and the sump
pump will just run endlessly until the water goes down, pumping it out
of the sump and into the sink, where it overflows and damages things
or makes its way to the sump again.
When I was at a neighbor, I noticed that he had the sump connected to
the corrugated black tubing that the downspout drains into. It's
about a foot away. I looked further and found that the 25 adjoining
neighbors all or almost all had the same thing. The tubing goes
underground and through the middled of the sidewalk and comes out in
the street, actually where the cars park perpendicular to the street.
I don't know if the builder did this or everyone later. Does anyone
think this could be illegal or improper, because I see Goedjn's point,
and yet the water in these cases ends up in the street too. Of
course, when it's rain, it's not that likely to freeze, when it's
freezing, it's usually snow. And there is quite a slope in the
parking lot so I don't believe this arrangement has ever caused an
accident or even a safety issue. Well, I take that back. We're on
the downside of the slope so our water doesn't have to cross the road,
but there is ice on the road from water across the street running
downhill to the drain. And some teenager who shoudln't have been
driving once skid on the ice and rammed my trunk and I had to get a
new car. I never tied this together with the drains across the street
before, but still, is anyone saying they're not entitled to connect
their sumppump to their downspout drain.
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.
Most modern municipalities have two sewer systems. One is
sanitary, the other is storm. Sanitary systems go to a treatment
plant where they are cleaned. No one wants to pay to treat the
rain water/ storm runoff.
Florida is one of the most pro active states about this. As you
drive down any new area you will see huge dry "lakes". You will
see these at shopping centers, housing divisions, and the sides of
the highways. These are detention ponds designed to hold huge
quantities of storm runoff and meter them into the ground and/or
storm system. All that sand and porous stone you have can suck up
huge quantities of rain if it is controlled.
(top posted for your convenience)
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
Yeah, I'm very aware of the storm runoff systems, and the percentages of
non-permeable surface allowed per site.
I just didn't realize that sump water was in the same category as rainwater
Those *lakes* are retention areas not detention areas.
The water wasn't bad, you know. ;-)
Here in the Cape, in some areas, they also have dual water.
That is potable and unpotable water in 2 different lines.
The unpotable is for the lawns.
They just ran the lines at my brothers house last year and assessed him
He had been on a well and septic and had no choice in the matter, it was
mandatory to hook up.
They're very consiencous <sp> of water usage here in Cape Coral.
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