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We live in ranch style home over an encapsulated 3’ crawlspace - new drain tile around the perimeter into a new pit in the back corner of the house, wall drainage system covered by spray foam insulation, and a new concrete floor. The new crawlspace is about 4 years old, no water whatsoever.
This year I added French drains for the downspouts and sump pump. The pump discharge pipe is 1 1/2” goes up vertically 3’ and then horizontally 3’ to the outside. The pump is a 1/2” hp Zoeller.
For the most part, I’m happy with it. The pump rarely runs anymore, which is what my hope was when adding the French drains. The problem I’m having is it’s flooding the part of the yard where the pop-up is.
What I’d like to do is have the sump pump discharge into a rain water barrel that my wife can use to water her garden and flowers. The downspouts would still be connected to the French drains.
Do you see any flaws in this approach?
Tell me I can't, and I'll show you I can.