Although you have probably heard of sump pumps, you may not be totally familiar with what they actually do. Sump pumps work to pump out any water that has accumulated in your basement. The pump may be hooked up to your main drainage system or it may simply direct the water into a subsidiary drain that travels away and downhill from your home. But before your sump pump can pump the water out of your basement, it needs to reach it. That is why sump pumps are generally installed within a sump pit.
Never Divert Your Sump Pump Into Your Septic System
City of Golden Valley, MN: Sump Pumps
If you use a sump pump in your basement, it is illegal to drain the water into the sanitary sewer. Sump pumps must be discharged outside of the house to the yard or drainway that will prevent the water from draining directly to the street. Call the Utility Division if you need advice. Because of past problems with overloaded sanitary sewers, Reading DPW is still inspecting the sewer system in your neighborhood. This inspection will reveal the primary sources of inflow and infiltration that are causing the problems. Inflow and infiltration are terms used to describe the ways that groundwater and storm water enter the sanitary sewer system. Inflow is water that is dumped into the sewer system through improper connections, such as downspouts and groundwater sump pumps.
Frequently asked questions
There are many don'ts when it comes to your Quantico, Reston, or Aldie home's septic system maintenance. For instance, you should never drive over the septic tank area or drainfield, nor place any permanent construction over the tank. You should also never put oil or grease, platic objects, strong chemicals, cooking fat, hair clippings, and many other materials down sinks, toilets, or drains.
Time of Sale Application click here. Because the sanitary sewer system was not designed to handle this excess clear water, it becomes overloaded during times of high groundwater or heavy rainfall. This can cause basement flooding or bypassing of raw wastewater to local streams and lakes. From there waste is transferred to a sewage treatment plant for processing.