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Question DetailsAsked on 5/1/2017

leaking water on one wall of basement . might need to replace pipes to sump pump

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Assuming the wet spot is where the sump pump discharges, Plumbing wouldl be the normal Search the List category for this - or a Sewer and Drain Cleaning company if the problem is the drain pipe (either internal to the house or the outside one) is plugged up.

I would check first to see if when the sump pump operates (someone could pour some water into the sump to test it while another stands outside), if the discharge is going into the drain pipe correctly, missing the pipe, or backing up because the drain is plugged - which is the most usual cause of this. Broken pipe is pretty rare for sump discharges unless it has been hit by a mower or such.


Now - if you meant you think the underdrain pipes under the slab (or maybe outside french drain along the foundation, if you have that) are plugged up, then a Sewer and Drain Cleaning contractor can clean that out - being careful not to jet or flush too vigorously or too long in one place so he does not start washing the soil out from the foundation area, which could cause slab/foundation cracking in severe cases.

Sewer and Drain contractor can also, if you ask him to bring it with him, run camera to actually see what the problem is FIRST. Typically $150 or so to do that in sump drain lines or french drain around the house - morelike $250 ballpark to do both in one session. That would show exactly what the situation is - and if the camera is mounted on a jetter then he could jet it out at the same time as needed.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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