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    Default Basement floor drain / sewer drain vs. sump pit / pump?

    I'm a new homeowner and am still learning the basics. Our basement occasionally has water issues when it rains so we are installing french drains. We already have a pit which has a sewer drain at the bottom. Are there any downsides to removing the sewer drain cap so the water can escape? If I do this, do I still need a sump pump or this unnecessary? If I do need a sump pump, should I also get a backup sump pump (in case of a power outage) or is this going overboard?

    If I uncap the sewer drain, do I need to install a sewer backflow preventer or is this unnecessary as there have never been any reports of backflow issues in my town?

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    How do you know the "drain" is connected to the sewer? Are you sure the drain is trapped?

    In many places it is illegal to drain groundwater to a sewer.

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