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French Drains and sump pumps

Posted by Mary Ann on March 22nd, 2001 09:24 AM

I live in a split level with a added garage.
When they put the addition on the house they
removed the sump pump from the basement into
the garage with french drains under the garage
leading into the sump pump.
these drains never full up with water but the
sump does and it then empties into the side yard
of my home. And this is were the problem begins.
about 40 to 50 feet from the side of my house is
an area of wet lands. Also, let me explain that we
have a sloped driveway with a storm sewer drain in it
that seems to feed the sump pump very well in the rain
Well what happens when the heavy rains come, is that side
yard fills up with water and the pump keeps filling
it in. The pump is now emptying above ground and I have
had a quote of some one burying it under ground about 2 feet
and taking it out into the wet area. My only concern is
that if I do this what will happen when the power goes
out and the pump will not work. Is there anyway I can use
french drains, in conjuction with the pump to help
move the water when the pump is not working.
I live south of Boston.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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