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My sump pump is not kicking on and has water standing. The water also seems to have oil in it. Don't know what that is from but I don't want it to flood my basement. What should I do?

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Does your sump pump have power? – DMoore Jul 10 '13 at 15:21
My pump stands in a certain amount of water all the time. I don't think a little oil sheen is unusual or uncommon in sump water. If you pour a 5 gallon bucket of water into your sump does the pump kick on? I do that a couple of times a year with mine just to check and exercise the pump. If it doesn't, shop-vac the water out and replace it like Tester says. – user13924 Jul 10 '13 at 16:44

You likely need a new pump.

Submersible pumps are often filled with a non-conductive mineral oil. If the oil is no longer in the pump, the pump is probably dead.

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