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Jim Bennett
Jim Bennett Member Posts: 607
to use a union for this purpose. It does make replacement somewhat easier, but pvc pipe is relatively easy to work with either way.

Jim

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  • Fred Rappuhn
    Fred Rappuhn Member Posts: 107
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    A am connected with a small city that undertaking a city wide storm water seperatiom from sanatairy program
    We have contracted with 3 sewer contractors to disconnect the weeping tile from the sanatairy and installing sump pump.

    We have one resident that is screaming that we are piping the discharge on the sump pump wrong. Resident says that we should not hard pipe with PVC all the way to the pump. We should be cutting the PVC and installing a Fernco to make the exchanging of the pumps easier for the residents when the pump fails. Because all pumps fail in short time.

    What are your thought, right or wrong????
  • Bob Gagnon plumbing and heating
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    Kill Two birds with

    One fitting, use a check valve with hose clamps. Bob Gagnon

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  • bob young
    bob young Member Posts: 2,177
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    little giant check

    little giant makes a nice pvc check w/ double compression unions very reasonable ,too
  • Mike T., Swampeast MO
    Mike T., Swampeast MO Member Posts: 6,928
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    Having grown up in a house with a sump pump in the basement I can tell you that they are short-lived.

    While PVC is certainly easy to cut into and repair, I would suggest something like a Fernco coupling. The Fernco will also help arrest noise transmission that's very common with sump pumps.
  • Fred Rappuhn
    Fred Rappuhn Member Posts: 107
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    I can everyone point of view on this, but sounds like it's not worth firing the sewer contractor over.

    Side note, Fernco pipe connectors are made in out town.
  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
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    each sump pump

    should have a check valve, if not it will cycle all the time. Zurn checks come with clamps. As Bob said, two birds with one stone.

    I would make the contractor do this for every home.

    Scott

    PS: If a home owner can't cut the pipe and install a rubber clamp when the pumps fails, then they should'nt be changing the pump themselves !!

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  • Fred Rappuhn
    Fred Rappuhn Member Posts: 107
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    Yes, all installs are hard piped with PVC and a check valve installed.

    PS: If a home owner can't cut the pipe and install a rubber clamp when the pumps fails, then they should'nt be changing the pump themselves !!


    That's is the city's outlook on this but we have 1 resident that feels differnt.
  • bob young
    bob young Member Posts: 2,177
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    What city is that ?

    any pump i have ever seen usually has a quick means of disconnect. conventional ejectors come with companion flanges. standard piping procedure would be a union & check valve . pvc changes it a bit but i personally would use a m.g. connection or no-hub clamp. fernco connectors are quick but illegal in nyc & the reasoning is too easy for misaligned & ill fitted piping. and i agree with that although everyone cheats a little !
  • JohnNY
    JohnNY Member Posts: 3,231
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    I agree...

    ...with the resident.

    A professional installation should include some provision for future maintenance.

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