My parents live in a house with a full cellar. They have a drain channel
around the edge of the cellar, and a sump pump.
About once a year, the sump dies, or the discharge line clogs. and so they
have an inch of water in the cellar. This most recent time, Dad went out to
buy another sump pump (the day after the five inch rain). He had the old one
sitting for a year, he could have bought one any day before that.
Got the sump, and then find out that the discharge line was clogged. Went to
plan B, which is put a flex hose out the window, and pump the water into the
cleanout hole in the front yard. But the cleanout plug was stuck, and so
that didn't do.
Plan C was to run the hose across the yard and out to the street, put the
water into the storm drain on the street. Hose was too short for that, and
the water makes a puddle in the front yard. And comes back through the
I've been considering getting a sump pump of some kind, and then adapt it to
discharge through garden hose. I've got 100 feet of garden hose. And Dad has
With the inch of water, I did some numbers and figure there were about 1,000
galons. Figuring a 40 x 40 cellar. The question is if anyone else out there
has made such a rig. Is garden hose large enough to discharge? Is smooth
sided garden hose better than the ribbed hose they sell at the store for
sump discharge? The ribbed hose is larger, but the ribs would slow down the
How long would it take to move 1,000 galons of water the 7 feet up and 75
feet from the house to the street?
Or is there some other answer that I'm missing?
Christopher A. Young
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