Where can I run the sump pump hose, and what type of hose works best?

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.

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1. Do I need to install a sump pump if I do not have one?
2. Which properties will be inspected during the program?
3. When will inspections take place?
4. What happens if I do not have a sump pump?
5. What happens if I am not at home when the inspector comes?
6. What happens if I do not let the sump pump inspector into my home?
7. What is the problem with sump pump discharge to the sanitary sewer?
8. Who can I contact to fix my connection?
9. What happens if I do not correct my sump pump discharging to the sanitary sewer?
10. Can I switch my discharge pipe to the sanitary sewer system during the winter months?
11. Can I have a bypass valve on my sump pump discharge hose?
12. Do I need a permit to correct sump pump discharge?
13. What happens if my drain tile discharges directly into a sanitary sewer main or old tile line?
14. Where can I run the sump pump hose, and what type of hose works best?
15. Who do I contact for more information?