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    I have a 9-year old house with an unfinished basement that is completely below grade. In order to finish it, I need to install Egress. My preference for egress is a door because the current basement stairs (inside the house) will not accommodate pool table/large furniture/etc... My question is about drainage from the outside stairwell that I will need to construct. My contractor wants to bring the drainage (rainwater, snow melt, etc.) to my existing inside sump, which I don't believe has ever had a drop of water in it after nine years. I am extremely averse to bringing water into the house. Is there any way to install a sump pump beneath the stairs that I won't have to worry about freezing? I live in the Philadelphia area, where temps routinely dip below freezing in the winter, and potentially for weeks on end. HELP!!!!!

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    Re: Basement egress drainage

    I'm sorry but He's an IDIOT ! We use soil techs on our job , and that's against the law here. Down leaders from the roof are never allowed to enter foundation drains ! The last thing You want to do is channel this water into Your basement.
    Invest in a Geo Tech , And He should overlook all installations,and sign off before backfill. Don't heed this and You'll remember Me FOREVER each winter ! Good luck
    I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .


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      Re: Basement egress drainage

      i don't know why but this thread subject duplicates one in the Open Discussion forum.
      "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
      John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)