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#70913 - 03/30/04 01:27 PM water softener backwash going into sump pump
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Does anyone else do this? We are on a septic and thought we could have the regeneration water ( 50 gallons or so) go into the sump pump and be discharged that way...we haven't installed the softener yet. Is it okay in the winter too? Also could this backwash water clog the sump pump motor?

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#70914 - 03/30/04 03:09 PM Re: water softener backwash going into sump pump
Clint_Robbins Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 09/19/01
Posts: 10573
Loc: Akron, OH
Where does the sump pump discharge the water??

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#70915 - 03/30/04 03:40 PM Re: water softener backwash going into sump pump
Dennis_H_N.J. Offline
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Registered: 03/12/02
Posts: 25630
Loc: Toms River, N.J.
The salt can and will eat up your pump! Unless you have an all plastic pump!
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#70916 - 04/02/04 09:17 AM Re: water softener backwash going into sump pump
Anonymous
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I moved into a house with the same set up that you are talking about my softener discharges into the sump hole which is pumped to the septic tank. A home inspector told me it should be changed. A sump pump should drain into the yard and not put extra water into the septic system. The extra water could cause problems with septic system balance. The next question is will salt water kill grass in the yard were the sump pump drains?

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#70917 - 04/02/04 02:50 PM Re: water softener backwash going into sump pump
Clint_Robbins Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 09/19/01
Posts: 10573
Loc: Akron, OH
Brine from a softener will kill grass and, although bypassing a septic tank would reduce the load on the leach field, it won't affect the operation of the septic tank.

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