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They're pipes located under your basement walls that collect ground
water to help keep it from damaging your home or anything you store in
the basement by preventing water from seeping through the floor or
walls. Homes built after 1954 have sump pumps that collect water from
foundation drains and move the water to your lawn or a storm sewer. Many
homes constructed before 1954 have foundation drains connected directly
to the lateral, which is the sanitary sewer system. Foundation drains
connected to sanitary sewers deliver excess groundwater into the system
that does not need to be treated at the treatment plants. This type of
system also increases the risk of basement backups for you and your
neighbors during heavy rain by dumping excess water into sanitary sewer
pipes when they are already at or near capacity. Homes built before 1920
may not have foundation drains.
to flow into the box and towards the sump pump that you can see below.
If you already have a sump pump, it's a good idea to have some type
of backup system installed in case you lose power during a storm. There
are several to chose from with a wide range in price.
Most battery backup systems are equipped with alarms to notify you if
the main power goes out and the backup system is operating. Battery
backup systems are not designed to run for long periods of time, but
they may buy you enough time to borrow a portable generator or for the
electric company to restore power to your home.
You can also invest in a portable generator. They are more expensive
than the battery backup systems, but can operate for long periods of
NEVER operate a portable generator inside your home. Make sure
it is in a well ventilated area and that any exhaust fumes are not
getting into an open window or door.
It is ILLEGAL to Drain Your Sump Pump Into the Floor Drain or Wash Tub in Your Basement!!!
Doing so can significantly increase the risk of a basement backups
for you and your neighbors during heavy rain by slamming a lot of excess
water into the sanitary sewer system when it's at or near capacity.
Always make sure the discharge pipe from your sump pump is at least
six to ten feet away from your house. Your discharge pipe may go into
another pipe underground that usually drains into a storm sewer. If you
are not sure if the discharge pipe from your home is connected properly,
call the plumbing inspector for your city or village.