Basement sump pump drainage
Thomas Scherer at NDSU has a great FAQ site on basement sump pump drainage systems. Here are some of the questions being asked. Visit Thomas’ site for answers.
Q. How do you check or test a sump pump?
Q. Can you burn the pump out if the outdoor pipe is frozen shut, or will it automatically shut off?
Q. What size pump should I have for my house?
Q. Are there any problems with replacing a 1/3 hp pump with a 1/2 hp pump?
Q. Do sump pumps have filters which need to be cleaned or replaced?
Q. Can or should you pump into a sewer drain or basement floor drain?
Q. Where should the sump pump drain hose be run?
Q. Can the average person replace a defective sump pump or does it require specialized tools or the expertise of a plumber?
Q. How big should the sump hole be? What kind of hole liner should you use? How much gravel do you put under and around it?
Q. Should the sump pump be on an isolated electrical circuit?
Q. I don’t have a sump in my basement but am concerned about water leaking in. What can I do?
Get your basement sump pump questions answered Thomas’ sump pump FAQ