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New Ulm Public Utilities does not fix sump pump connections. Customers may complete the repair themselves, or they can contact a plumber or other home contractor to complete the work.
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No, you do not.
All residential properties in New Ulm.
Inspections will begin in late May 2015 and will continue until all properties have been inspected. Peak inspection months are expected to be from May through August in the following years. Available inspection times will be from 9 am to 7 pm.
You still need to have the inspector verify this information during an inspection.
If you are not at home or if it is inconvenient at that time, don’t worry. The inspector will leave a door hanger with a number for you to call and set up a convenient time for inspection.
You will receive a notice in the mail stating that you have 15 days to schedule an inspection. A surcharge of $50 will be added to your monthly utility bill until your sump pump is inspected.
If during an initial inspection, our inspector determines that your sump pump is discharging to the sanitary sewer, you will receive written notice in the mail stating that you will have 60 days to make the correction. Our staff will then conduct a second inspection to determine if you have made the necessary correction. Failure to comply will result in a monthly surcharge of $50 added to the property’s utility bill.
No, this will not be permitted. It is recommended that homeowners attach one 6 to 10 foot long 1.5 inch diameter PVC pipe to the house outlet discharge during the winter. This type of system has very little chance of freezing. For extra protection, heat tape may be attached to the pipe.
No, it is illegal to have a bypass valve on your sump pump discharge pipe or hose. Existing valves must be removed.
No permit is required. However, if you do plan to connect directly into an existing City storm sewer structure or tile line, you will need to get approval from the City Engineering Office.
The inspection program will check for obvious signs of cross connections, but it is not proposed to go into in-depth inspections for these types of connections. These connections used to be a standard practice in house construction, but are no longer permitted. Many older homes are hooked up to old tile lines that may have collapsed or been disconnected.
There is not a clear cost-benefit to the City in identifying and/or correcting these illegal connections, however people who have had problems with back-ups from these types of connections should strongly consider correcting the problem. The City does periodic televising of sewer lines, and may do smoke and dye testing to identify some of these problem systems that affect the municipal sewer system in the future.
You should run your sump pump hose at least 6 to 10 feet away from your house to avoid it "recycling" back into the house. It is also alright to run it on your front or back yard, or to the street with permission from the City Engineer. Try also to avoid running the water directly onto your neighbor’s property. The City receives numerous complaints from neighbors about wet yards and streets, but this will be difficult to avoid.
Most people use the flexible, black hose that can be moved around easily. This works great most of the time, but please be aware that this pipe’s capacity can be greatly reduced if it is rolled up or extremely curvy, and many people have problems when it is not properly located or unfolded during a storm. It also is not recommended to use this type of hose in the winter. The smooth, white PVC pipe (1.5 inch diameter) has more capacity and works better in situations where you do not need to move the hose around.
Call our Sump Pump Inspection office at 507-359-8360 or send us an email.