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Is it normal for the concrete covering my interior perimeter drain to be damp?

I inherited an interior perimeter drain with a sump-pump as part of a basement waterproofing system when I purchased my new home two years ago. Since then I have noticed that along the seam of the ...
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There is water in my basement and the outdoor sump pump failed. What am I doing wrong?

My house has water problems with the basement. Here's what the entrance to my basement looks like. When I get a really heavy rain storm, water manages to rise up and start seeping in under the door. ...
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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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Can I run this sump drain underground?

I am wondering if I can extend this sump drain (about 4 foot long and ends 8-10 inches over the ground) through an underground PVC run about 30 feet (about a 4 foot drop from house to valley) to exit ...
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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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What is the purpose of a sump pump?

If you have a sump pump in your house/basement, does it mean you have (or potentially could have) a flooding problem?
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Is there such a thing as a vacuum sump pump? No standing water above check valve?

Is there such a thing as a vacuum operated sump pump? Most sumps or ejector pumps leave a column of water above the check valve, and leave a few centimeters of water in the sump beside. I have a need ...
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Will internal waterproofing solve my moisture problems?

We've been working on our water problem for awhile now. Here's the deal: There is black drain tile under the home (all the way around) tied into a sump crock. Water was only coming in one side. A ...
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How to deal with inadequate drainage of my walk-up basement?

(Please correct me if any of my terminology is inaccurate!) I have a "den" which is a finished walk-up basement (half-above ground, half below ground). The den floor has vents, and when I look under ...
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Is dropping a bromine tab in my sump pit bad?

I have a sump pump that runs a lot (I have a perched water table under my house). It discharges into my gutter and there is a significant mold build up. My sump pit is just a hole in the ground, ...
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How full can my sump pit get before I should worry?

After dealing with this issue by adding a circuit dedicated to the sump pump, it has been very dry in my area. The sump pump hasn't kicked on in the month or so since the circuit was added. I wasn't ...
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What is the extra pipe going into my sump pump pit?

My sump pump has been going off about every 3 minutes in the last 2 days. I need to open the pit to see why it is doing that. I'm unable to open the lid as I see another big pipe going into it. Please ...
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Should I use a float “piggy-back” sump pump switch?

I have a Zoeller M-53 sump pump and I'm considering using a float switch to stop the pump from cycling too frequently. Here's the situation... The water level is pretty high where I live. The sump ...
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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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How should I get my ejector pump out of the sump?

Forgive my story format: I have this 1/2 HP Sewage Package System and it is busted. At first, it was tripping the circuit it was connected to. I enabled the circuit and when the float switch fired ...
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What could cause my sump pump to cycle on and off rapidly?

I have a new condition with my sump pump. It runs for a few minutes (like normal) and then it stops for a few seconds and runs for a few seconds over and over (maybe 10 times). This happens every ...
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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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Why is my sump pump still beeping after I replaced the battery? [closed]

My sump pump battery monitor was beeping. I changed the battery because the message said that the battery was not working. Not 24 hours later the battery was beeping again! Do I need to do anything ...
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Water being dumped into street from basement?

(in western new york) We have a sump pump, something called a bubbler which is a sealed 2-3 inch pvc pipe coming out in the landscaping (sealed with a twist on cap) and a 2-3 inch pvc pipe coming out ...
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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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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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How do I test the functionality of a sump pump?

There is a sump pump in the basement, in a basin, with a power cord going into it, and a pipe going out of it. How can I test the various kinds of functionality of this setup? I can put a bucket of ...
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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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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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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 deep should my sump be?

Our home (with basement, built in 1999) has a sump pump that was installed by the previous owner. In our area, runoff from melting snow in the spring or when the neighbors leave for a weekend with ...
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Why does the breaker keep tripping on a circuit with two rooms' lights and a sewer pump?

I have a circuit-breaker that is connected to lights in two rooms, and to a sewer pump in the basement. I had the sewer cleaned out and the pump inspected, and no problems were detected. I then had ...
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Sump Pump Recommendations [closed]

I have an outdoor sump pit in front of my basement door to prevent water coming in during strong rain storms. In the pit is a 5 gallon bucket with a 1/4 hp automatic pump. Here's more information on ...
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What is this yellow fluid in my sump pump?

I was cleaning out a clogged sump pump for my first time (is been cleaned before but not by me). During this I opened the top of the pump and saw what looked like a yellow solid but it turned out to ...
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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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How can I stop gurgling at discharge outlet from sump pump?

I had a sump pump installed. Approximately a year later, after the pump runs, there is a loud gurgling noise accompanied by vibration from the pipes. During high water seasons, this leads to a ...
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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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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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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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How can I reduce the vibration noise in new corrugated tubing connected to my sump pump?

My sump pump recently went bad and while replacing it, I also decided to replace the plastic corrugated tubing that was connected to it. When I turned on the new pump, the amount of noise it was ...
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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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What to do about a stinky sump pump

My sump pump stinks up by basement. The sump pump works, but I think its the stagnant dirt water that sits in the sump pump over time that just stinks after a while. I have read suggestions to flush ...
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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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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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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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Can I extend my sump pump outlet?

I live in area without sewers, so we depend on swales and drainage ditches when it rains. My basement sump pump outlet is in the ditch in front of the house, but it's a couple of inches below grass ...
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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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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 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 ...
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How do I install this sump basin?

I have 110 year old house. The basement concrete floor was poured on the dirt and the sump well was an integral part of the floor. Thus the only way water got into the sump was across the floor. I ...
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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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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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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 ...