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Solving active sump issues

We bought our 20 year old house in Fishers, IN (northeast Indy suburb) this past summer. Three days after moving in, we had the last of the bad summer storms. One of the pumps in our Triple Safe sump ...
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Ejector Pit & Sump Pit Combined - Whats a good backup option?

Here in Chicago we have a combined sewer and storm drain system - as a result it's not uncommon to have sump pits and ejector pits combined - which is the case in my basement. The ejector then handles ...
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Why is the sump pump inlet draining directly onto the float?

Why is the sump pump inlet draining directly onto the float? Won't this prevent it from rising most of the time?
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Loud noises coming from my sump pump

We moved into our house a few years back, and just now the sump pump started to make loud rattling noise when running. It is as if someone is banging on the pipes with a large piece of metal. I have ...
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How can I rig a battery backed-up sump pump for an exterior pit?

I have an exterior sump pit which gets all the water from my downspouts and french drains and pumps it out to a rain tank and overflow into a leeching field. Because of where the pit is, if the pump ...
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Water Heater Cold Intake Pipe always drips from drain valve

The cold intake pipe for my water heater has a drain valve with plastic tubing leading to my basement drain. This tubing always has a constant flow of dripping water; basically, my water heater's cold ...
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Why did plumber pour oil in sump water?

I live in a condo building, and the sump pump in the basement was running water constantly for several days. When the plumber was contacted, he said to call the Village and have the water tested for ...
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Buying a House On Underground Spring. What to do?

My fiancé and I are under contract on a new home which we are concerned it might be built on an underground spring. There are two sump pumps in the house, on opposite corners of the house. Both times ...
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Is a sump pump stand necessary?

Is it necessary to have a sump pump stand installed between the bottom of the sump-pit and the sump pump to keep sediment and debris out of the pump intake? Alternatively, can I just put a brick or ...
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Why did my basement start flooding while replacing sump pump?

The Setup Last June, we bought a 16 year old townhouse with a finished basement; the sump pump was broken at least since March, when we first saw the house, but I suspect it was broken for a much ...
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Could this pipe be part of a french drain or something else related to a sump?

I excavated a wall in the corner of my basement and found what I'm assuming is a drain pipe, but the location has me baffled. It's literally in the corner of my basement. The placement doesn't seem ...
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basement sump pump water level above drain tile

We bought our house in December of 2015. House is situated at bottom of the slope (backyard is slopping towards the back of the house not very steep - but still negative slope). House has sump pump ...
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Transferring water from one sump to another

My house has two underground sumps that store water. I was wondering if there was an easy way to transfer water from one of the sumps to the other. Would a small manual suction pipe (like the ones ...
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Is it OK to drain sump water into a pond?

My current sump system drains into an area that has high traffic for various activities such as log splitting and brush clearing. This creates a very muddy mess. I want to relocate the sump drain pipe ...
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Can I trim the plastic sticking up from edges of my basement wall?

Original question: Before we bought our house, a moisture control system was installed on one side of our basement. The channel runs along the foundation and ends at a sump pump. This channel was ...
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Strange sump pump install by plumber

I'm thinking about finishing my basement but at the bottom of my stairs the plumber installed a very strange setup for my sump pump. See attached picture. Ive never seen this before so I wanted ...
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Making sense of an existing sump system

I just bought my first house, but I can't seem to understand how the sump worked. I'd like to make sure it's hooked up and ready to go should the basement ever flood. When I first walked in, the ...
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Is it normal for my sump pump to run so often? If not, who should I call?

My sump pit has water leaking into it, coming through the plastic wall. I circled the portion that has water coming through it in the picture below. I just noticed it's pumping water every few minutes ...
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Water rising in my second sump pit but not the first

We have lived in our home for over 3 years. We have 2 sump pits, each with a pump. The second pit is operated with a battery back up in case of power failures. Recently, we have found that the back up ...
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What materials should be used to seal a square sump pit

I have a sump pit in my basement that I want to seal to reduce the radon levels which are around 6 The problem is that all of the sump pit covers I have found are round. It seems like they won't ...
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How to extend Sump Pump discharge pipe from house

My house's sump pump discharge pipe exit's the house a couple of feet high from the ground and runs straight down. I don't want it dumping right next to the house (kid's sandbox is there now) so I ...
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How to seal sump pit with removable cover

Just moved into a new house and bought new sump pump with battery backup. The old pit liner is about 4" below floor level and the pit is 16" wide. the top is a mess as you can see from pix. I want a ...
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Mystery pipes in basement - where do they go?

Newbie to the forum here. Will upload photos this evening, but thought I'd start with the question/context: Just bought a fixer upper farmhouse in Portland, OR area. House is at least 1930s, could be ...
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Sump Pump Trips GFCI Receptacle. Is a single, dedicated non-GFCI receptacle safe?

I recently replaced my sump pump in one of my two sump pits. To comply with codes, I replaced the outlet with a GFCI type outlet. Unfortunately, once I turn the power back on, the GFCI trips ...
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Use a sump pump for a low spot on driveway during El Nino?

I live in Los Angeles, where generally we don't get much rain, but maybe a good rain storm once or twice a year. (Usually a short one, under 30 minutes.) We purchased a house a few years ago & ...
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Sewer Smell in Sumps

I recently bought a house with two sump pumps in the basement. They do their job well despite running every hour or two due to the high clay table in the area. The property also has a septic system, ...
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How many sump pits should I have?

I have an older french drain system and after experiencing some foundation problems (horizontal crack), I've been told that my system should be updated to a more modern one which has weeping holes in ...
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15ft Deep Sump Pump Hole

So I had a home inspected this evening and noticed something I have never seen before. The hole is about 15ft deep! It looks like it was drilled out and then encased with concrete. The pump has a long ...
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Is it likely that water can enter below the slab?

My question is about basement/foundation function and the relationship to sump pumps and water. If a sump pump is supposed to pump water from below the slab out to the surface and loses power, what ...
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What pumps necessary for this proposed well water plan?

My first question here. I like this site and the people who answer, thanks in advance. Some background: 1) This is for a project in the rural Philippines. As a practical matter there are no codes, ...
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Is it possible to use a power inverter to run a sump pump?

If the power should go off, I want my sump pump switched to a power inverter combination. Is this possible?
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Discharge back-up sump above ground?

With a TON of rain in my area recently (Northern Ohio), my basement flooded (around 2" of water). The sump pump came with the house, and I never gave it a second thought (I should have). Now that I'...
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What are the possible solutions for an uphill septic system in rocky area around lake

I'm looking to purchase a bank owned bungalow that had some really sketchy things going on with the septic system. I know that I will have to completely re-work the septic system if I purchase it and ...
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Installing a sump pump to reduce relative air humidity

I have a damp basement. There are really no big water issues because the house sits on sloped terrain, it's just damp and musty. I've been running a de-humidifier, but that doesn't seem to be taking ...
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Will installing closed cell spray foam over ventilation for basement French drain significantly affect performance?

Question: Will installing closed cell spray foam over the ventilation for a basement French drain significantly affect the sump pump system's ability to remove water from the basement? Background: I ...
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Sump with no pump!

A rainy month and water in the crawlspace: It's was an unusually wet April where I live. I went into my crawlspace last week to change the filter on the A/C and found water. The crawlspace is ...
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Why would my well water cut off for 30 minutes before working again?

I live in a area where I have to use well water and I have a well house that runs to my home. The water work with great pressure for a while, and then suddenly stops and takes 30 minutes to come back ...
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Why does the Hartell Reservoir style pump require no venting, while the Little Giant Drainosaur does?

Why does the Hartell Reservoir style pump require no venting, while the Little Giant Drainosaur does? See links below for more info on pumps Hartell Pump Little Giant I am having a hard time ...
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My breaker panel is in a sump closet, should I move it?

I just purchased a new home and I'm going to replace the breaker panel (it's full and I want expansion room). The panel is located directly above the sump pump in a small closet in the corner of the ...
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Proper sump pit water level?

I am concerned that my sump pump no longer turns on when the water reaches the appropriate level. As you can see from the picture the water level is about 3/4 the way up the inlet pipes. Which is high ...
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cold damp corner with a dry sump

The corner of my living room (on split level) has drafts coming in via the bottom of the wall and a sump pump well (specifically, a plastic pipe that drains into it). The carpet is damp to the touch, ...
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What does it mean if my Watchdog backup sump is flashing “Add Distilled Water” even with brand new battery?

I just went through the laborious process of setting up a replacement backup battery for the Basement Watchdog backup sump pump system. I had to pour the battery acid in myself. Now in addition to ...
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Does Sewage Ejector system need a dedicated circuit?

The sewage ejector system in our basement is on a GFCI outlet that is on the same circuit as the adjacent bathroom (fan, light and switch). Someone told me it needs a dedicated circuit. Does the NEC ...
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standalone pump options for leaky below-grade room

A friend of mine runs a martial arts studio where his concrete-floored office in the back is slightly below grade and floods every time it rains. I assume that a proper solution would presumably ...
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Sump pump & ejector pump: can I (and should I) change single dedicated non-GFCI receptacle to a dual receptacle GFCI?

Moved into a new home about 6 months ago which had been gut rehabbed. Our mechanical room has 2 pits, one for the sump pump and another for the ejector pump. I was planning on installing a ...
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How can I fix a broken “off” switch on a sump pump after overheating?

We have a sump pump in our basement. It uses a float switch to turn on when the basin its in fills with water. We recently ran into an issue where it didn't turn off while we were out (float switch ...
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Do I really need a redundant sump pump? [closed]

So I'm getting my dirt basement encapsulated, and the contractor is installing an interior perimeter drain and sump pit/pump. They offer either a single good quality pump, a redundant system with just ...
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Running air handler condensate drain into sump?

The condensate drain from our air handler now runs across the wall and into the laundry sink. This is stopping us from attaching shelving to the wall. I noticed that the sump pump pit is right next to ...
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Sump is sealed for radon remediation and doesn't drain water. What can I do for water drainage?

Yesterday our 80 gallon water heater (less than 5 years old) ruptured - flooding our basement. Situated right next to the water heater is our sump - but it didn't do 1 ounce of its job, because it is ...
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What should I look for in a battery backup sump pump?

I've got a pretty basic 1/3 hp sump pump that does the job quite well. However, i'm concerned about losing power and just the wrong time. Or worse the pump goes bad! What sort of features do you look ...