I have been dealing with a problem with my foundation drainage system.
To make a long story, which I already posted here shorter, we found the
pipes are run the wrong way. here is a small diagram.
| o1 |
| : |
| =========x======= |
| : : |______________________
| : : o2 |
| : : : |
| o== ===================== |
| 6 : : |
| : : |
| : : |
| : ========y===============================o |
| : : : 3 |
| O o5 o4 |
|________ _______________ |
| | | |
o = cleanout locations and also where the bleeders enter the basement
O = sump pump
1,2,3,4 locations all have water and sand in them. If i dump water in
them, the level won't raise so the water does drain, it's just elevated
5,6 drain normally
x,y are locations which have been found to be peaks in the piping
system. That is x,y is like the top of a hill. So you can see why 05
and 06 are draining so nicely, while the rest are not, given where the
sump pump is.
Its under warranty so the builder has been investigating it. Plumbers
have been in and located the x locations. they have marked the floor
between o5 and o4 showing exactly where the x point is. However, I am
not quite sure what they plan to do about it. They have marked the
floor between y and o5, but im not sure what modifying that strip of
pipe will accomplish? He claims this will drain 1,2,3, and 4. I don't
see how. I'm no plumber so perhaps my logic is wrong.
Any plumbers can advice how they would handle this?
My instinct is to just install another sump pit next to o3. This is my
utility room and where i would have always preferred the sump to be
anyway. The current sump is in my living area and cutting a significant
chunk out of it. Plus its noisy. Runs about every 2 minutes, so 2nd
sump aint all that bad.
How much would a 2nd sump installation run anyway?
Thanks for the tips and help on this complicated mess. My house is 3
years old and I have lived here for just about 2. I am the first
occupant. Tryin to fix this so I can continue completing my basement
with carpet tiles and ceramic tiles...
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