Originally Posted by whitneyj
I’d rather not depend on a sump pump to not flood my basement seeing as how I’ll be finishing it this winter. I’d rather excavate and run drain tile 200’ away from the house, waterproof, and insulate the foundation walls.
That's the right way, not the yooper way.
I would still try to keep a sump and pump down there just in case. Be very careful to set up your drain field system so that it doesn't freeze up. It was standard practice around here to run the perimeter drain into the septic tank which stays thawed. Since it's clear water it just goes right out the existing laterals. deq doesn't like that but it works well. Draining to daylight has a good chance of freezing up or back flowing.