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Old 2018-03-08, 04:58 PM
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Here is a basic fact of water flow and levels. The water will rise inside the house to the same level as outside. That's how people end up with 6 inches of water in the basement.

Your Dad is making a mistake. The drain pipes are sitting beside the footings. If the water rises above the pipes, it can leak into the house through the cracks where the walls sit on the footings, and where the floor slab sits on the footings.

He is also not saving any money. Once the level is set and reached, the pump will remove all the water that flows into the pit. The flow rate is the same regardless of the level.

If you are in clay, this is especially dangerous. The water has no where else to go.
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