09:47AM | 07/31/05
Member Since: 07/30/05
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I have a sump pump that takes my washing machine water and any ground water that seeps into the basement and pipes it out about 20-25 feet from my house. It has been extremely rainy this July - but the area where it is draining is now rising out of the ground and running into the neighbor's yard. I've never seen it this bad in the 6 years I've been here. Can anyone help - please??!!


11:42AM | 07/31/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
First of all local codes vary about how gray water can be handled. Some allow it to be discharged, others require it to be send through the spetic or sewer system.

But sump pump water is often treated differently from gray water and should not be discharged to sewer/septic. But again that will vary with local codes.

But you only solution is to find someplace else to discharge it or to control it so that it does not go over on the neighbors.

That might be extending the line or building a small berm to control it.


02:51PM | 07/31/05
Member Since: 07/30/05
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Thanks for the reply. Who would I call to look into this? A septic company?

I'm looking to sell the house this year and I'd like it taken care of before the neighbor has a fit or I'm not able to sell without a loosing all the profit I may make.


07:46PM | 07/31/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
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First I would check the local code officals and see what you options are with handling both sump pump water and gray water.

It might require separating the two and discharging them in different ways.

Then I would probably start with a plumber that also installs "sewer lines" and not does just inside work.

Or if it is all treated as surface water then a drainage contractor. A lot of landscapers do drainage work.


08:56AM | 08/01/05
Member Since: 07/30/05
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Maybe I'm using the wrong terminology. I have a septic tank in my front yard that takes the sink, toilet, shower water(etc.)that is not attached to the sump pump. What I am referring to is only the water from the washing machine in the basement, along with any additional water that seeps in from the drilled holes along the basement foundation (to relieve pressure - I assume). This is piped directly to an area where the sump pump is and sends it out to my back yard (20-25 feet from my house). I've been told this is my "drywell" - but I have no idea. All I know is that it certainly isn't dry!

Thanks for the help.


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