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cstenson

07:55AM | 12/30/06
Member Since: 12/29/06
3 lifetime posts
What is the typical set up for a sump pump drain pipe? Currently, our sump pump drains into the sewage outlet pipe directly into our septic tank. This seems to be flooding our leech field and turing our yard into a swamp. We have had the septic system inspected and were told that our septic system is working correctly, but our sump pump should not be draining into our septic tank. How do we correct this problem? Is it a good idea to dig a trench through the yard (about 3/4 acre) to the end of our yard and run pvc from the pump to the woods behind our house? Is this going to cost a fortune? What is the best way to dry up our yard and keep it dry?

Billhart

11:07AM | 12/30/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
I know nothing about you location, lay of the land, or laws.

But it is a general rule that you can't dump your water onto another property except for paths that natural exsited or added by agreement such as when a developer puts in a common drainage ditch.

So unless there is natural drainage towards the woods I would not pipe it there.

Whatabout the drainage ditch in the front by the road?

cstenson

11:23AM | 12/30/06
Member Since: 12/29/06
3 lifetime posts
We live in Clermont Co. in southwest Ohio...their pretty tough in the bldg dept here! There is a drainage ditch in front of our house, and a lot closer than the woods. Dumping into the ditch is a good idea, but how do I find out if it's legal? We are not on a sewer line, so I can't imagine it would cause a problem with the county, but it's a lot of work and $ to go through to have to relocate it a second time.

Also, ALL of our household water (except "sewage") goes through the sump pump (shower, washer, kitchen water, etc.) is this normal?

Billhart

12:13PM | 12/30/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Shower and washer discharge is called gray water. In some areas you can alternate ways of handling that. Typically it is used in dry areas where the gray water is recycled for irrigation.

But most areas it has to go through the sewer/septic system.

Sometimes basement washers and showers are added and they feed to in to the sump pump. Sometimes this is done illegally. Other case it was done years ago before rules where so stringent.

But even in that case I would not see why the kitchen sink would feed into the sump pump.

Now there are cases where the terrain is such as all household discharge has to be pumped. But in that case the sealed tank is used with a pump called a sewer ejection pump or a macerator pump.

And again that is separate from the sump pump. The sump pump is typically limited to drainage water.

There might be several different departments envolved. In some areas the state or county health department handles septic systems. They might also be the one that determines if you can discharge gray water outside the septic system.

The building department would handle any code issues in redoing the plumbing connections if needed.

And the building department or land usage/planing/zone might be concerned with where you discharge sump pump water.

cstenson

12:50PM | 12/30/06
Member Since: 12/29/06
3 lifetime posts
I'm going to contact the building and health departments Tuesday and go from there.

Have a great holiday!


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