On 21 Mar 2007 18:36:35 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I agreed with everything you said prior to this point.
Absolutely. In the townhouse next to me, someone rerouted the output to the house drain (and neatly cemented the hole where the output pipe had been). This means that if the sewer backs up, the sump pump will pump that water into the drain which goes to the sewer which is backing up. And that's a real possibility with my house and the three next to it, which are the lowest in the n'hood, and which do flood every few years when rain fills the stream which overflows into the sewers and fills them. And I told the new owner at least 5 years ago about all this, and he still hasn't done anything.
Oh, you're probably referring to the fact that even if this doesn't happen, it overloads the sewer and is likely illegal too. That's a good reason also.
This why I posted. Have you tried this? The volume out of my pump far exceeds what I believe can flow through a garden hose, even the wider ones. Even a short length of such narrow hose (compared to the 2 or 1 1/2 inch pipe the pump takes) would restrict flow, I'm sure, and even more if the hose were longer. My plastic pipe feeds into a buried 4 inch pipe (and ftr that isn't coupled on but fits loosely in case, I think, the buried pipe collapses or is clogged.)
Yeah, if I had a backup that would be good -- I plan to put one in -- and it makes sense and be easier to make the first and only pump one that has battery backup. Get the kind that runs on 110 if is there, and uses the battery if the 110 fails. Some places 110 is more likely to fail at the same time there is more flooding, altough that has never happened to me, yet.)
(Although then of course comes the question whether to use battry backup that requires maainenance, or that water powered thing whose name I have forgotten. IIRC they are in total about the same price. The water powered is harder to install but requires no maintenance, and no bulky battery once it is in. As long as one pays the water bill and doesn't get his water disconnected. That' a lot more rare than even getting gas or phone disconnected, right?)