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A sump pump is typically used in a temporary holding well (often in a basement) to remove the water when the holding well is full.

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Any reason I can't connect two sewage ejector tanks with a hose?

I know this idea is probably wildly unprofessional, but I've been dealing with sewage overflowing when either one of my two below-grade sewage ejector pumps dies, OR one of the two float switches ...
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Where is the water in our sump pail coming from?

We bought our house 2 years ago. When we purchased it there was a dry sump pump pit in the basement (no actual sump pump). Fast forward 2 years and our sump pump pit overflowed and slightly and ...
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Is this "leak" expected from a brand new sump pump?

I recently purchased a 1/3 HP everbilt sump pump from home depot and noticed it was leaking from the side, so I exchanged it for another one, thinking it was faulty. The second one has the same leak. ...
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How can I route groundwater coming through a slab to the sump pail?

I live in the area with substantial volumes of groundwater, so last summer I installed a sump pump in my garage, right in the corner of the garage. See illustration. Red circle is a sump pit, black ...
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How to solve water pooling in crawl space?

Recently was told that we are having a lot of water pool underneath our house. A friend of a friend came too look and told us that we need a crawl space system drain on 3 sides of the house and a sump ...
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I want to install 2 sump pumps to a single 1” discharge pipe. Is it possible without creating a bottleneck and damaging the pumps?

I want to install dual sump pumps to a single 1” discharge pipe. Can it be done without creating a bottleneck and/or damaging the pumps?
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New Radon System and Sump Pump Failures

We recently had a radon mitigation system installed in our sump pump pit. Our house was built in 2005 with a poured full basement. When the mitigation system was installed back in December, the sump ...
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How far away is too far for a sump pump check-valve?

When installing the check-valve for a sump pump they say to place the valve as close to the sump pump's discharge outlet as possible, but beyond this sensible advice, is there a distance that is ...
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Is this 12V battery backup set up correctly for a 120V sump pump?

I'm trying to replicate the battery backup setup described in this video and in text below. I'll state what the video demonstrates, then share the parts and plan I have. I'm looking for input on how ...
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Sewer pump check valve gurgling noise

Just replaced the stock Everbilt check valve that was making loud clunk at the end of cycle. This new one eliminated the clunking, however a new gurgling sound can be heard when the pump first turns ...
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Don't know where sump pump drains

We bought our house in 2015, it was built in 2005. The sump pump output hose goes in to a PVC pipe under the stairs of our house and there is no visible output on the outside of the house. Our ...
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Leak in sump pump line

In the line leading vertically out of the top of the pump there is a leak, a few inches below where the line turns 90 degrees and goes horizontal to a line leading to the sewer. If the pump is not ...
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Multiple sump pits/pumps, single discharge line?

I live in New England and have been experiencing unprecedented basement flooding in the past 1.5 years… our basement is unfinished and it has been recommended that I install 2-3 more sump pits and ...
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Unsure about sump pump backup battery replacement

So after a long power outage (> 8 hours) it appears that the battery for my backup sump pump has died and I want to replace it. I have a Basement Sentry I, Model 507 by Zoeller The manual ...
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How to adapt a sump pump for shallower water?

Is there any way to adapt a sump pump so it slurps off 2 mm (0.08") water on the floor? Mine only picks up from 8 mm (0.3") or more.
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Do sump pump basins always have a certain level of water in them?

I had a Flood in my basement and used a portable sump pump and hose to pump out the water for several days. The basin is about 2 feet deep with some gravel at the bottom. Once i finally got the water ...
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Should I connect my foundation's weeping tile to neighborhood storm water drains?

My house sits at the bottom of a hill, and the water table gets high when snow melts and during heavy rains. We have 2 sump pits that fill quickly during these times, and the sump pumps are on and off ...
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Radon Fan Getting Noisy & Other Questions

We are wrapping up a French drain installation, and our radon fan has been much noisier for the last day or so. The concrete has been poured over our new French drain piping, with the sump pump hole ...
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Sump continuously running and emptying outside yet the water level hasn't really gone down that much in 2 days

Lots of snow has been melting over the past week. Sump pit was filling up and seemingly the pump wasn't getting water out efficiently. I cleaned some debris away from the pump's impeller area and ...
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Do I need an ejector pump or sump pump?

I currently have two different pits in my basement. One is a true sump pump that pumps out ground water. I just replaced this one and it works fine. The other pit has a sealed cover and is vented up ...
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For How Long can a Sump Pump Run Before Damage Occurs?

TL;DR: is a duty cycle where a 1/4 HP submersible sump pump is repeatedly running for [3 minutes pumping wet, 12 seconds pumping dry, 4 minutes off] going to damage the pump appreciably? Long version: ...
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Does a piggyback float switch override the default switch?

What is the real purpose of a "piggyback" float switch? Obviously it can be used to replace an existing broken switch, but is it also used as a secondary switch? The internet does not have ...
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Sump pumps, flooding and water tables

So we built an addition to our home in CT in an area with a notoriously high water table. We built a 9 foot deep basement in the hopes of having a golf simulator some day. We have footing drains that ...
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sump pump is 5ft deep with surface grade crawlspace, its pumping water more frequently than I like. Should I raise the pump?

This pump seems to always pump, even weeks after storms, though at lower frequency. I measured, water seem to be coming in at about 4ft under the ground from the holes drilled in the basin. If my ...
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Joining a 1.5in pvc to a 1.25 pvc drain pipe but a reducer doesn't exist

I've got a dry well in my house that floods, and I want to install a sump pump. The previous owner installed a 1.25 in pcv drain pipe through the wall and out into the back yard up near the rim joist. ...
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Access port to sealed-off sump pump with radon mitigation system

Clueless first time homeowner here. I purchased a home that has a sump with an attached radon mitigation system. The entire cover of the sump is sealed with caulk, so it's impossible to test if the ...
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Basement flooding only with heavy snow fall

Our basement is unfinished, and since we bought it one year ago it has flooded three times. This only occurs with heavy snowfall, i.e. when a large amount of snow falls and then melts. Even the ...
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Should I be using this white pipe to drain my sump pump?

When I moved into this house earlier this year, the sump pump had a black hose connected to the pipe like the one here except the old one was super beat up (probably got ran over by a lawnmower). I ...
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Is it ok or normal for my sump pump to run as much as it does? [closed]

Is the frequency that my sump pump is discharging normal? Is this ok? Should I be concerned about my finished (split level/raised ranch) basement? As of today my sump pump is discharging approximately ...
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Primary sump pump backup inverter, which wattage should I get?

I'm considering buying something like this for my primary sump pump. But they sell it in a 2000w and a 1500w configuration. I have no easy way to figure out my sump pump's horsepower since it came ...
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Backup sump pump AND primary pump backup battery?

I recently bought a house where the previous owners had the whole basement flood because the power went out and they had no backup sump pump. Prior to selling, they tore up all the floors and put in a ...
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Sump Pump Venting After Sealing for Radon

Apologies if this has been asked here before, my first time on the site coming from Reddit. I just built a new house and know that the radon levels are high due to neighbors doing testing / the area ...
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Neighbor’s gutters empty into my sump pump discharge [closed]

I’m in CT in the US. My sump pump discharges into my front lawn near the sidewalk. My gutters also feed into this, and I found out recently that my neighbor’s gutters do as well. My neighbor told me ...
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Is a platform over a sump pump hole a solution to accessing electrical service?

I'm working in a 250-year-old house and the basement has a sump pump that is located right below the electrical service panel. To install the sump pump, they just cut a hole in the concrete slab and ...
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French Drain No Sump Pump

My house is ranch style with no basement. The garage and a small adjoining room are ground level with the other rooms built above them. The house was built in 1970 and I have owned it for six years. ...
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Basement Flooding / Sump Pump

Basement flooded over the weekend. The same type of flooding has occurred 3 times in the last 6 years. The sump pump was replaced during the first occurrence. However the problem continues to occur. I ...
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How to seal off sewer gasses on a 3" horizontal sewer pipe coming into a sump pit?

I have a drain in the front vestibule that I've turned into a sump pit since I have stormwater backup that I need pumped out of it when the backyard floods and overflows into the front drain through ...
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Okay for electrical receptacle and sump pump discharge to be near each other?

We're having an additional sump and pump installed and its discharge has limited options. One of the best discharge options (shortest run to a reasonable place to leave the basement) is already an ...
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Draining a washer straight into the sump discharge line?

My house was built in the 1980s and when I was in my crawl space, having to replace the leaky check valve ( vertical orientation, right above the sump pit, then the drainage line turns horizontal ...
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Can a completely evaporated deep cycle battery be brought back to charge?

The battery fluid on my sump pump Marine Deep Cycle Battery dried up to be completely gone. I've replaced it with distilled water. Will the trickle charger bring it back to life, or am I in the market ...
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Is a filled in sump pump pit a problem?

Filled in sump pump pit an issue? Considering buying new home. Sump pit was filled in at some point with no record of who/why (home is from 2001). Unsure if pit is filled with concrete or other ...
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Water draining below sump pump drain pipe?

I live in 6 year old home and I noticed today after rain, that the sewer backflow preventer located in basement floor is full of water! Basement floor slab is Bone dry but potentially there is water ...
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Pro Series 2400 Sump Pump Alarm System

I am working on my brothers sump pump issues and I have hit a wall. I have replaced the primary pump (new), I have replaced the battery (new) and I have checked to ensure that the secondary (back-up) ...
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Basement Bathroom water ejector/sump pump running sporadically and bolts stripped

Our basement bathroom has a water ejector/sump pump, as seen here : Basement sump setup I've heard it running every hour today and last night, yet no one has used it. We had a heavy rain on Monday but ...
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How did a salamander get in my sump pit?

Background/Scope I've lived in my house about 4 years and had a lot of issues with water after heavy rains. The house has some sort of tiling system bringing water to the sump, which keeps the rest of ...
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HVAC ducts with water under basement floor

My wife and I are under contract to purchase a home built in 1999. During the inspection last week, we noticed this odd hole in the basement floor, next to the water heater. It was partially covered ...
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Inverse float valve for water-powered sump pump

I have a municipal water-powered sump pump that acts as a backup in the case of a power outage. However, the valve (a black plastic arm extending from the water line that holds a string with a float, ...
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For how long is it okay for sump pump to stay broken?

There is a sump pump in the subfloor area of a basement. The sump pump has stayed broken for several months. After inspecting the sump pump recently we found that there is no water. Which is somewhat ...
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How to fix gutter downspout leaking at Tee?

I have an underground storm drainage pipe that is connected to both my downspout and sump pump drain. The underground drain pipe, the downspout and the sump pump pipe all tie together with a 3" ...
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Can I set up sprinklers with my Sump Pump?

I have a MEDAS 1/2HP 1850 GPH submersible pump. I want to use it to water my garden. Sprinklers sounds good but I worry if I'll have enough water pressure. I was able to connect the pump to a garden ...
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