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Sump Pump Discharge Line Regulations for Duluth, MN and Surrounding Areas

Monday, March 2nd, 2020 by Andrew Thorson


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As the spring season approaches, more and more homeowners will be experiencing new or recurring issues with keeping their basements dry. Whether it is the melting snow or heavy rainfalls, water can find it's way into any home that lacks the proper protection. At DBS, we specialize in providing homeowners with a basement waterproofing system that has proven results. Products for this include the patented drain tile WaterGuard®, TripleSafe™ sump pumps, CleanSpace® wall coverings, and much more. 

When installing a sump pump, the exterior discharge line is typically one of the last items to be installed in the entire process. After the pump is put in place, our crews will run the exterior discharge line away from the housing structure and bury it below the ground’s surface. The distance of the line varies from home to home, and it is ultimately at the discretion of the homeowner. But one thing for certain is that they will never be attached or interfere with any lateral sewage lines at any point. DBS also offers IceGuard® discharge line protection to prevent freezing during those cold winter months, which is ideal for any sump pump system in the Minnesota/Wisconsin area.

All of our services are carried with the utmost care and responsibility. Our team must follow a strict set of regulations to ensure each job is done to the correct standards. One of these regulations happens to be an ordinance that was passed by the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD).

Back in 2017, the WLSSD passed an ordinance requiring that sump pumps and foundation drains be certified as not connected to lateral sewage lines before any home or business is sold. Cities including Duluth, Proctor, Carlton, Cloquet, Hermantown, and others within the area were to comply with this ordinance by February 15th, 2019, with the point of sale regulations enforced by February 15th, 2020 (Duluth News Tribune, 2017).

Prior to this ordinance, sump pumps were many times found connected to later sewage lines. This resulted in excess rainwater flowing into sanitary sewage systems, which then led to different streams as well as Lake Superior. As outlined in the ordinance, homes possessing a sump pump that are on the market must pass the inspection of their discharge line. Homes that do not pass the initial inspection of having a clear separation of the sump and lateral sewage lines will be fined, potentially jeopardizing any pending home sales. 

The city of Duluth has helped address the issue with the construction of the 8 million gallon sewage overflow tank that sits along the Duluth Lakewalk, but we at DBS want to make sure we continue to do our part when installing our sump pump discharge lines to make sure they are as least intrusive and problematic as possible. If your home is experiencing any issues with basement flooding or you want to catch it before it starts, please reach out to us today.

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Referenced from: Duluth News Tribune, 2017.

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