My sump pump and yard drainage have successfully protected my basement for seven years. I have not had a serious problem yet. However, storms here can be intense, and there have been 8-10 storms that have caused my sump pump to come on about once per minute for 2 or 3 straight days. That is, when it has to work, the pump works harder than I would like it to.
If it's not much effort or expense, I'd like to make adjustments that help water get away from my house faster. Reshaping the yard is not an option (I already have reshaped some areas, and I can't help the fact that my neighbors' properties are a little higher than mine.)
I have an idea that is shown in the image to which I've linked above. To understand my question, please compare the current arrangement to the possible arrangement. My biggest frustration with my current arrangement is that the discharge pipe from the house is only a couple of inches off the ground. The drop is modest enough that, when the pump is working, water only gently exits at the swale (30 feet away) instead of gushing out. Perhaps if there was a larger drop in the pipe pathway (e.g., a drop of 2 feet instead of 1) the water would exit more quickly and forcefully.
I estimate that I could build the possible arrangement in about eight hours. My sump pump will easily cope with pushing the water 12 inches higher, so that doesn't worry me.
But in your opinion, is the possible arrangement worth the effort? Will adding an additional 12 inches between the highest point and the lowest point in the pipe pathway make much difference in forcing the water away from the house?
No matter what method I use, I get errors when attempting to attach the image. So I hope the imgur url works instead.
Thanks for your opinions.