01:55AM | 02/12/14
last week my next door neighbor removed clay pipe from her house to the street & replaced it with plastic, parallel to & about 5 feet from my driveway. today we've had heavy downpours & it seems my sump pumps are running more than usual for such a downpour.

i have 2 sump pumps. the newer sump pump is maybe 75 feet southwest of the storm drain. it is fitted with a large rubber garbage can (about 20 gallon size, about 30" deep) & sends water to the older, smaller one, which pumps out to the street about 50 feet west of the storm drain.

is it possible the neighbor's new pipe is sending out more water, & that the storm drain is leaking it indirectly through the soil into my large sump pump?

i've always wondered why i had to install a 2nd sump pump when i bought the house in 2010, considering the house is 100 years old & apparently didn't need one before. i've suspected the storm drain. how likely is that?

can i ask the city to check it for leaks?

thank you very much.


02:14AM | 02/12/14
correction: it's a 32 gallon garbage can about 30" high, only removes water to about half that. hard to describe so here are some pics.
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02:15AM | 02/12/14
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02:16AM | 02/12/14
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02:26AM | 02/12/14
note in bottom left corner the terracotta pipe where the water is coming from, presumably from gutter runoff. i guess this is most likely just gutter runoff.

the pump float didn't trigger the pump & water began seeping up through the basement floor cracks. then my original pump began to constantly drain & fill, with the filling sound more of a gushing than its usual trickle.

all of this gives me the sense of pipes & seals bursting.

any advice?

thank you.
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