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Confusing drainage sump question
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So four yards conver at a point (think four corners of the US). At that point is a storm drain. Said storm drain has a pipe connected to my drain tile (if someone can explain a drain tile better than the internet I'm all ears since it seems to be a pipe with holes buried in rocks). It appears then this water flows from my drain tile to the city storm system (I have a sump pump, does that mean my sump is doing all the work or is it just kinda flowing directly). Evidently the storm drain pipe that connects to my tile backed up the last few big rains causing some standing water before finally flowing through. My neighbors have offered to pay to rod the pipe that leads to my tile which they with the former owners. Should I let them?
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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [windywave] [ In reply to ]
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Why not?

I would make sure whoever did it has a newer rig that has a camera that can show a blockage. We have a similar setup in our backyard, water converges from the neighborhood in my yard and the neighbors yards at the bottom where there are a few storm drains that take the water through creeks/pipes to a larger pond then into the Dupage river. When we get a lot of rain all that backs up and I can end up with several feet of water in my backyard that usually subsides about an hour after it stops raining. It's more of a situation that the water has no place to go, so it goes where it can, than a blockage in the pipes.
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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [windywave] [ In reply to ]
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Check with the White House, they are in the middle of a big swamp draining project right now. Probably get some good advice.

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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [ECE] [ In reply to ]
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ECE wrote:
Why not?

I would make sure whoever did it has a newer rig that has a camera that can show a blockage. We have a similar setup in our backyard, water converges from the neighborhood in my yard and the neighbors yards at the bottom where there are a few storm drains that take the water through creeks/pipes to a larger pond then into the Dupage river. When we get a lot of rain all that backs up and I can end up with several feet of water in my backyard that usually subsides about an hour after it stops raining. It's more of a situation that the water has no place to go, so it goes where it can, than a blockage in the pipes.

I'm worried it will overtax my drainage system and if it gets broken somehow, I'll have to pay to replace it
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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [windywave] [ In reply to ]
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Have your system scoped. That does not tax the system and will show any problems.
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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [windywave] [ In reply to ]
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I don't think it will overtax anything. The broken part is why you want the guy with the camera rig instead of just the older school guy that just starts rodding out the drain with nothing in there except clean pipe.
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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [Andrewmc] [ In reply to ]
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Andrewmc wrote:
Have your system scoped. That does not tax the system and will show any problems.

I meant cleaning it out so water flows freely into my drain tile. I don't want my fucking basement wet so yards are dry
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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [windywave] [ In reply to ]
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;)

I just meant they can run a camera through the whole thing to see what the issue is
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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [windywave] [ In reply to ]
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Water flows down hill.

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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [windywave] [ In reply to ]
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Your sump really only produces enough pressure head to get water back up to grade/into your drain tile. Gravity works from there. The storm drain your tile connects to is effectively another sump, that gravity drains to the storm sewer system.

It sounds like the concern should be the drainage out of the storm drain, not your tile.

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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [Andrewmc] [ In reply to ]
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Andrewmc wrote:
Have your system scoped. That does not tax the system and will show any problems.

This. Without a scope, you're just guessing as to what the problem is.
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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [Duffy] [ In reply to ]
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Duffy wrote:
Water flows down hill.
Do you know the only 2 things you have to know to be a plumber?

Shit flows downhill a0nd payday is on Friday.
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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [BCtriguy1] [ In reply to ]
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So you all don't think this will swamp my tile drain?
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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [windywave] [ In reply to ]
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windywave wrote:
So you all don't think this will swamp my tile drain?

What you're describing sounds like a French drain-pipe with holes and buried in gravel.

Are you uphill or downhill from the storm sewer tie in?
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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [Bumble Bee] [ In reply to ]
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Bumble Bee wrote:
windywave wrote:
So you all don't think this will swamp my tile drain?

What you're describing sounds like a French drain-pipe with holes and buried in gravel.

Are you uphill or downhill from the storm sewer tie in?

Definetly not a French drain. It has a manhole cover like a storm sewer. The pipes and gravel i mentioned is what the internets told me a drain tile is. Not on a hill no elevation to speak of but I'd have to say the house seems higher than the yard.
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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [Bumble Bee] [ In reply to ]
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Bumble Bee wrote:
Duffy wrote:
Water flows down hill.
Do you know the only 2 things you have to know to be a plumber?

Shit flows downhill a0nd payday is on Friday.

No, 3 things to know (as told by my plumber friend).

The two above and don't lick your fingers.
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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [windywave] [ In reply to ]
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windywave wrote:
So you all don't think this will swamp my tile drain?

I'm not sure how running a tiny camera through the drain system could cause any problems at all.
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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [windywave] [ In reply to ]
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Do you have any idea how far the run is from the sump to the tile? If the tile surrounds your house, then I would have concerns. If it's a distance away then likely not a problem.

Our sump pipe leads to a culvert 50 feet from our foundation. But we also have a tile system surrounding our basement. We had a leak several years ago because the sump and tile couldn't keep up with the heavy spring rainfall and snow melting.

Unless the tile is downhill or there's a decent buffer between the tile and your house, I'd be worried the neighbours' yard drainage could overwhelm your tile and end up with a flooded basement.
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Re: Confusing drainage sump question [BCtriguy1] [ In reply to ]
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BCtriguy1 wrote:
windywave wrote:
So you all don't think this will swamp my tile drain?


I'm not sure how running a tiny camera through the drain system could cause any problems at all.

Yes, and if any polyps are found they can be cauterized immediately and you'll never know the difference.
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