If your basement tends to stay damp and you do not have a sump pump system, you may want to consider having one installed. A sump pump system will help keep your basement dry, which can help reduce the risks of flooding and the growth of mold. One thing that is crucial to determine is the appropriate location for the water that will be discharged by the sump pump. Here are a few things to avoid when determining a placement of the sump pump discharge pipe. 

Do not discharge directly into your home's sewer line

While it may be tempting to connect the discharge pipe to your home's sanitary sewer line, it may be against building code. Even if the building code authority does allow it, doing so could cause your water and sewer bill to skyrocket, especially during rainy season. You could also expect to see an increase in your water and sewer bill if an accumulation of snow thaws as temperatures warm up towards the end of winter. Instead, discharge the sump pump to the outdoors and away from the foundation. 

Do not discharge to a low-lying area 

Discharging the sump pump to a low-lying area will simply cause the water to puddle in that area, especially if it slopes towards the foundation. If this happens near the house, the water would seep through the ground and end up right back in the sump pump basin. This could cause your sump pump to work harder than necessary, which would negatively impact its life expectancy. Choose an area that slopes away from the house instead. 

Do not discharge near a street, sidewalk, or driveway

Discharging the sump pump near the street, the sidewalk, or your driveway could cause an ice rink to form during the cold wintry months. With an accumulation of ice on roadways and hard surfaces, there's always a risk of accidents. In many municipalities, it's against a code violation to discharge water where it can create a public nuisance, such as by creating hazardous conditions on sidewalks and streets. Therefore, check with your local building code authority and/or storm water management office for guidance if you are concerned about the discharge affecting the street and sidewalk. If there is no other area to discharge the water to, ask storm water management if they will allow you to connect the discharge pipe to the public storm sewer system. 

To learn more, contact a company like Rite-Way Waterproofing.

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