A sump pump is part of a building's foundation drainage system. It discharges water from the weeping tile to the drainage swales or directly to the on-site stormwater service.
If the sump pump discharges to the ground, it's important to provide a splash pad or a flexible hose at the discharge point. This minimizes soil erosion at the foundation wall and prevents re-circulation of water back to the weeping tile.
Direct the flexible hose or splash pad to a drainage swale, not onto adjacent properties.
Disconnect the sump pump discharge hose during winter to prevent it from freezing.
Since 2006, developments involving single detached, semi-detached or duplex houses must provide foundation drain discharge collection systems. These properties must connect the sump pump discharge outlet to the foundation service.