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Sump Pump Float Setting

My submersible sump runs several times an hour nearly year round. It is backed by a municipal water driven pump. During a recent power outage I noticed the water level stabilized at 1/4” above the the ...
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Why is water still collecting in my sump pump after replacing the check valve?

I’ve replaced one of two sump pumps and check valves in my basement. Water still fills the basin. Check valve is holding, it’s transparent so I can see so. Is this just accumulated water beneath the ...
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Seasonally High Water Table

We have a small farm, luckily adjacent to an Agricultural Drainage Ditch. Unfortunately the field between our 170 year old farm house, and said ditch either has no tile field, or the tile field has ...
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Sump pump running every 20 seconds, sometimes constantly

I live in a lower spot with a high water table. We still have snow on the ground and we are getting some rain. I've had two occasions in the past couple of weeks where water entering the pit has been ...
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How do I secure my sump discharge pipe?

I had about 20' of pipe coming out of the house that gave out after 6 years. I wanted to know what's the best way to secure it in place to keep it secure from movement. I temporarily put two stakes ...
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How to replace a leaking PVC elbow?

The 2" PVC elbow shown in these pictures is leaking at the joint where it connects with a PVC pipe coming through the foundation stem wall at the right. What's the best procedure for replacing ...
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Filling in an old basement ejector pit

Our basement had an old bathroom in one corner that has been removed and there's an old, empty ejector pit that handled the bathroom waste. There is also a nearby sump pit that is functional and will ...
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Sump pit not draining (or maybe it's a retention tank)

I recently had a flood caused by a blocked storm water pipe. I got the blocked line running again. I then dug 2 feet of soil off the top of my sump pit to try to clean the pipe more thoroughly from ...
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Sump Drainage Options

I seem to have an overactive sump. Last year there was an empty lot next to my house. My builder raised my sump because it was running almost constantly. This year I installed sod and a small sump ...
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Can a sump or pool pump be used in shallow water (less than 3 inches)?

I have an issue with rainfall running into the back of my my property and into my house through patio doors. Would a sump pump start at 2-3 inches of water stopping it from entering my home. When this ...
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What shouldn’t be dumped into a basement dump sink?

We have a dump sink in the basement that uses a pump system, much like a closed sump-pump, to force the water up into our main drain out of the house. Because the pump system holds a bit of water ...
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How high to set sump pump switch

So, we live in an area that is pretty wet. Sump pump runs all the time and frequently. Interestingly, heavy rain does not seem to change the amount of flow. It is pretty steady. What I noticed ...
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Sump Pit Not Holding Water

Moved into a new house built in the 1970's and discovered that the sump pump was not operational. I replaced the sump pump, re-attached everything, and poured water into the dry sump pit to test ...
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Sump Pump Set Up

I have two pipes coming from my sump. One sends water outside to an underground pipe. The water is then expelled through a French drain in the yard away from the house. The second pipe comes through ...
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Central Air condensate is pumped into a hole in the basement floor?

I’ve tried to do some research on this topic but am a little confused and would like to know if I’ve got a problem here that I need to remedy. I think I want to install a self-draining dehumidifier in ...
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Can I extend my sump pump outlet and dig it down in the ground?

I attached an image of what I want, but essentially the water pools 6 feet from the house and ends up creating a swampy area for my dog to run though right out side the door. Can I add a 45 degree and ...
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Sump discharge freezing

I was awoken early this morning by my sump water level alarm going off. After some investigation, I believe that my sump discharge has frozen due to recent low temperatures. I've verified that the ...
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Is it a problem that the water in my sump pail covers one of the drain openings without tripping the pump float?

We just had a sump pump & trenched drain pipe installed in our basement. Rained all last night. Crock had filled above one of the drain pipe inlets. I manually activated the pump & it emptied ...
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Sump Pump Minimum Basin Height

I'm looking to replace my sump pump because the last rain storm showed that my sump pump couldn't handle the amount of water. It ran continuously for about an hour or two with the water level still ...
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What to do with an old sump well?

I've recently found what appears to be an old sump well on my property. It's been buried by dirt and debris, but once that was cleared I now have a 22.5" diameter hole in the concrete that appears to ...
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Can I get rid of my sump pump?

My job moved me cross country and we bought a house (3 yrs old) that sits on a hill. It has a walk-out basement and the hill slopes away from there, yet the house was built with basement drainage ...
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Why did water come up through my basement drain instead of out the sump?

I recently moved into a home in Illinois that has a basement. I’m coming from Arizona and have never had a basement or actually knew about sump pumps until I started searching for a home. Me and my ...
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Filling an outdoor drain with concrete to reduce standing water

I have a semi-outdoor drain that looks like this (I have removed the grate): The container of the drain is plastic, and there is a good 6 inches from the bottom of the drain to the pipe where the ...
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Water coming in below sump pit corrugated pipe! Is this normal?

I have water coming in from around the inlet pipe in my sump pit. I dont think i ever noticed it before. I live in Illinois and the house was built in 2001.
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Is channel in basement standard design?

Determined this is a 4 inch slab on top of original slab. Possibly with internal drainage channels from center of basement to edge, where it runs to pictured channel and sump pump. House has channel ...
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Sump Discharge Carry

I'm trying to figure out the best way (and materials) to carry the sump pump discharge water away so it no longer creates a cesspool beside my garage. When we moved in 6+ years ago there were old ...
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Why does water appear just below my basement slab in one location and not another?

We recently purchased a house and inherited a "5 gallon lowes bucket shoved into a hole with gravel" sump pit. It sits approximately halfway across the width of our basement. There is consistently ...
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Sump pump running almost constantly under bedroom

I just bought a house and had it inspected before buying. The inspector was very thorough: down to the bolts on the door locks locks. He went into every nook and cranny. He took pictures all over ...
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Sump pump stops working

I purchased and installed a Zoeller some pump approximately five weeks ago. It worked great for one month and not a drop of water the basement. It has recently stopped working in the evenings and end ...
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Is use of a deep cycle marine battery indoors safe?

I have a backup sump pump, a 12V "Basement Watchdog". However, immediately after installing it, I found the battery was basically dead. Not wanting to buy a very expensive replacement battery, I got ...
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French drain lower than sump pump?

Bear with me - this will take a long explanation before I get to the actual question. I’ll try to be brief. I have a damp, moldy basement. I had an interior French drain and 2 sump pumps installed ...
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Is it common to not find water when digging a sump pit in a basement?

Quick background on my situation. We bought our house 23 years ago and the basement was partially finished. Over the years we've had issues with water in the basement during strong/prolonged rains. ...
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Is it advisable to connect a sump pump to pop-up sprinkler heads?

My home doesn't offer a great place to eject sump water due to a very level landscape. I'm thinking of adding 3-5 standard pop-up sprinkler heads to the output line. This would allow better ...
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