Last night I went to store some things in my crawl space and discovered that a joint in the drain line from the sump pump out to the city sewer line had become disconnected (see photo; this is a 2004 build in North Carolina). It had been attached with a rubber hose + a clamp on either side, and must've come loose last week when work was being done on the lines outside because of a problem our neighbor was having.
We cleaned up the majority of the mess (wasn't fun but could have been MUCH worse) and fixed and re-clamped the joint, but now it's leaking a fair amount (enough to get the towel we put under it thoroughly damp overnight). We are calling a plumber but I'm hoping to educate myself also since I haven't dealt with this before and the plumber will just be someone we find on google (don't have any trusted personal references). I have two questions:
- What would your suggestion be for repairing the joint so it doesn't leak? I'd think we could get a better rubber hose with space for multiple clamps, or a more solid solution would be an actual pipe coupler and glue.
- Any recommendations for clean up? My husband is concerned about hazards from human waste to the point where he wants to call in a professional service for cleaning up, but I'm more of a frugal DIY-er and would think that just a good wipe down with the right cleaner over the vapor barrier in all the affected areas should be just fine.
EDIT: I'm adding additional photos of the pump for context (circled the joint in question). I'm actually not 100% sure it's properly called a "sump pump" I reviewed the home inspection report and it's listed under a "sump pump" heading but the inspector called it a "macerator / sewage pump". and from the pipes going in / out it certainly services more than just ground water. I don't see any clear signs of backflow from the city main, but given that the connection came apart again yesterday after we had very carefully tightened it (and we didn't have to force it into place), I suspect there is some sort of pressure at play causing this to happen.