How to drain water from sump pump

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My boyfriend and I have had water seeping up through the basement floor from the hydrostatic pressure.

We dug up the floor and put some drainage tile down and dug another hole for the sump pump basin and sump pump.

All is installed but now we aren’t sure where we are supposed to drain the water from the sump pump.

A little insight on where we could put the hose to discharge would be alright.

We had it draining into the floor drain for a couple of days now and that was working fine but this morning I went down there and the water was backing up onto the basement floor.

Now we really are unsure about this?



Answers ( 2 )

  1. Many houses in Alberta have the same problem you are experiencing. Most municipalities have bylaws against putting groundwater into the sewer system as it can over tax their system. If you wanted to discharge your ground water into the floor drain a special permit is required but are usually only given in special circumstances. With that said you have other options. What is done most times is that a hard pipe is run from your sump pump up and out the side of your wall above ground level. From there a detachable flexible 1 ½”hose is connected that is approximately 20’ long. You want to position the hoes away from the house so when the sump pump kicks on the water drains away from the house.
    You also mentioned that your floor drain is backing now when the sump pump is on. This should not happen and may be a sign that your sewer line is restricted or blocked. I would recommend having your sewer line cameraed to see what is going on.

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  2. During the winter months you may discharge your sump pump into the floor drain only, if discharging your sump pump outside in the winter months causes your household issues,,during spring, summer and fall they do prefer you discharge your fresh water outside. If every household discharged their sump pumps into the sanitary drainage the City would have to build larger plants to handle the volume and raise treatment costs for residents.

    Here is a link to the City of Edmonton about Sump Pump installation and some helpful tips they provide.

    When piping your sump pump ensure you install a check valve a few feet from the pump with the arrow pointing in the direction your pipe is heading to outside. This will prevent water from falling back down the pipe and back into the sump pit causing your pump to keep cycling or running constantly.

    You will also want to install 10-20 feet or more of corrugated plastic hose( 1 1/2″) to make sure the water flows away from your home and not back down into the footing and ground at the base of your property.

    If your floor drain is backing up when your sump pump discharges into it, you should have it augered by a professional.
    This is the first sign of your sub-main floor drain starting to backup as it cannot handle the volume of water. This can lead to a larger problem down the road when it stops draining completely.

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