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Question DetailsAsked on 4/21/2016

Do I call a plumber or a landscaper to extend the basement sub pump drainage pipe?

The pipe ends in the middle of my lawn and floods the grass during heavy rains. It needs to be brought down to the gutter.

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Technically, a plumber - but since an outside drain line not leading to a sewer, a landscaping guy or handyman can do it - and cheaper to have them digging a ditch than a plumber (though cheaper still if you do the ditching).

Bear in mind, if you get more than very shallow freezing weather, this is a BAD idea, as a shallow buried pipe like that will likely freeze up, which can then cause backup to the sump. Any sump pump discharging to a buried line, regardless of climate, should have a several inch airgap so if the drain pipe freezes up or get clogged by debris or algae or animal or whatever, the water will still discharge outside the house - and the area should be packed and sloped away from the house to avoid having the water come right back into the foundation area and back to the sump pump.

Also - check on code - in most areas it is illegal to discharge sump pumps either into the sewer lines or into the street - they are intended to percolate most of the water into the ground, though granted in heavy rains or spring breakup the water may make it tothe street with other runoff water.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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