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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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Deep cycle marine battery for Zoeller sump pump - how often to replace?

I have a Zoeller sump pump with a deep cycle battery. How long do these deep cycle marine batteries last and need to be replaced?
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Can I increase the efficiency of an exterior sump system by installing a check valve?

My house only has an exterior sump system for a walkout basement in the central midwest. The sump seems to run through a cycle, pumping the water through the drain pipe (about 6" below 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 knocking after water flow if sent out

Our sump pump knocks rapidly, loud, and for 10-15 seconds each time water is ejected/discharged. -water flows freely out the exit pipe -i plan on changing the check valve today 3/23/22
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Sump Pump not able to pump to ground/exhaust level

I have a sump pump in my basement that is not able to pump water up to the house exterior exhaust, which is about 10 feet above it. If allow the water to exit the exhaust a few feet above the sump ...
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Water coming up from concrete in middle of basement

So after a major snow storm, about 10 inches, two 60 degree days of melting it, and then heavy rain all day the next day I go down to my basement where right in the middle was a giant pool of water ...
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Submersible pump won't continue to run

Last summer I put a Wayne VIP50 submersible pump under my crawlspace. This winter there's about 6" of water in there and I checked out the pump. Since the discharge hose had a kink, the water ...
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Is there a way to fix a Watchdog sump pump float sensor that is stuck on?

I came home after 2 weeks to hear my pump running. The 10 year old Model BWC1 Watchdog dual float replacement sump pump controller was stuck on. The float mechanism looks clean, perhaps a bit dusty. ...
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Creating an air gap in sump pump discharge to prevent freezing

My sump pump discharge is located ~6" above grade and the drain line is on the surface (i.e. not buried). I'd like to create an air gap so that the water has somewhere to go if the drain line ...
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Can I tie into current outlet for waste pump?

I added a waste pump in our basement to transfer sewage and am needing to add an outlet. I'm wanting to know if I can tie into an the existing outlet for the sump pump? Or does it need to be on it's ...
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How to determine if tethered sump pump float switch is triggering at the right height?

Yikes! It rained a ton yesterday and my basement flooded. Water soaking the floor. When I looked into the sump pump, it had lots of water in it. I pulled up on the float and it all emptied. As we ...
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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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If I build walls surrounding sump pump, water heater, furnace, A/C, will it work stopping flood water from spreading to entire basement?

In the past, my basement was flooded twice. Both of which where lower than 8". I'm wondering if the following works to prevent future flooding of my basement or stop water from spreading to the ...
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Basement Watchdog Battery Acid

I have a Basement Watchdog Special System & needed to replace the battery. Just filled all the cells & waited & rechecked the level & are all exactly at the line on the BW Battery &...
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What are the two white plugs on a Zoeller sump pump used for

I've done the trouble-shooting for stoppage of my Zoeller (M53). I un-did screws on both top switch-housing and the lower housing where motor-coil is visible (with a 10uF white capacitor about size ...
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How good are Hydromatic sump pumps? [closed]

I just replaced a Hydromatic D-A1 with date 4-98. It was in service most likely from 1998 till I replaced it here in May 2021. 23 years on duty. I’ve owned the house since 2007 and it was there. It ...
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Can Sump pump basin depth cause damage

I have a dirt basement and replaced a bug-box sump in 5 gallon bucket setup, with a 1/3 HP submersible iron pump. The new basin is about three feet deep - I drilled some holes in it, and added garden ...
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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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Framing near rough in plumbing and sump pit

Going to be framing in a bathroom in our basement that has rough in plumbing. How close can i frame to a sump pit? And can framing go over a concrete drain box or do I leave a gap in the bottom plate ...
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Avoiding circuit overload with primary + battery backup sump?

In a two-pump, battery-backed sump system, how do people avoid excessive power draw when the battery charger and primary pump want to run at the same time? I'm imagining a post-hurricane scenario: The ...
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Mountain top drainage issue

We live atop a large hill and due to how the driveway is I constantly have water and mud on top of a small area of my driveway. This area is supposed to be a low area to care water down the driveway ...
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Does my sump pump evacuate water slowly due to a perforated pail?

Is it possible to have a sump pump without an inlet (input) pipe? Is this normal? I am told my house has a sump without an inlet, but instead many small holes in the container that allow water to ...
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Should I dig a hole to pump water from under basement?

My basement is leaking in an area where I just had a sewer line installed. I had dug a square into the basement floor concrete, so that the plumber could run the new sewer line under the floor. The ...
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Submersible water pump pressure

I'm terribly new at this and have no idea what I'm doing so please do bear with me. I have a submersible pump that I want to use in a small rainwater tank to water my garden either through your ...
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Ok to connect a 1.5" sump pump outlet tube to 2" discharge line using a no-hub fitting?

My new sump pump is pre-plumbed with 1.5" PVC, but my existing discharge line is 2". Is there any problem with connecting the 1.5" pump outlet to the 2" discharge line using a ...
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How low should I drill holes in my sump pump basin? Should I drill them at the bottom?

I'm encapsulating my crawl space and as a part of this I'm installing a sump pump with a perimeter drain around the inside of the crawl space that leads to the sump pump basin. I installed the sump ...
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Automate pumping water off a flat roof

I have a 1950s home with a flat roof. The drainage is not great, so we use a water pump (currently a Wayne WaterBug Multi-Flo) with a hose for the output, to pump the water off the roof and away from ...
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Clamped flexible rubber pipe/hose coupling won't seal completely

This is a coupling between the ABS pipe from a sump pump and a check valve so needs to be removable. Does one apply any sealant to make a leak-proof joint? I tried different tightness on the hose ...
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Tips to find where sump pump is discharging

While investigating another question, I began to suspect that my sump pump is not discharging far enough away. There are four pipes coming to the sump pit. After a heavy rain stopped, the one from the ...
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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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What is the fibrous lining in my concrete greywater basin?

I have a grey water sump pump in the basement of my house (1958, Dayton, OH) that also serves as a grey water basin for the basement utility sink, furnace condenser, and washing machine. It is a ...
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What is this strange plumbing on my sump pump drain?

From documentation left with our house we know that our sump pump used to empty into the sanitary sewer. In the early 90’s the home owners took advantage of a city grant that paid for moving the drain ...
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Storing an Old Sump or Ejector Pump for Later Use

I recently replaced my functioning, but of unknown age, ejector pump. After washing it, I'd now like to store it so that it could be pulled out in case of an emergency. I'm considering putting it in a ...
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How can I effectively drain foundation water along the sump pail location?

In my crawl space I dug out the perimeter to about 3 inches below the footings. I then laid rock and installed perforated drain with sock to keep out debris and laid rock on top. I dug a hole for the ...
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Ice maker to sump pump has water run back into it, any ideas for a fix?

My ice maker has a gravity drain that it says to connect to the sink drain. All works well except if I run the faucet for a while eventually water will back up into the ice maker. I believe the issue ...
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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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Would I have flow issues if I hookup a 1hp sump pump along with a 3/4hp sump pump with a wye?

Backstory. I own a home that has a driveway that slopes towards the garage. The garage has a grill in front of it to catch all the excess water drainage and dump it outside the house, I presume to ...
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Sump pump only turns on when I open the lid - working ok?

I noticed some damp patches and mold in our basement recently after some heavy rain so I opened the sump pump lid. When I opened the lid, the water level was at a very high level: However, ...
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Ejector pump instead of sump pump in basement

I need both groundwater drainage as well as laundry room sewage pump in basement. Should they be separate pumps (asump pit with pump and 40 liter sewage ejector reservoir with pump) or could ground ...
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Bsmnt Watch Dog Battery Flashing "Add Water" but the water level is to the line

I have Basement Watch Dog Special. The "Add Distilled Water" alarm keeps coming on. The water level is to the line and the probe is submerged. I measured the specific gravity of each cell:...
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Can there be too much water for a drain system to move?

My neighbour built a new home and laneway home, completed in 2015. He excavated much much much lower than previous home. Original house had a 3/4 basement in ground,with steps up to front door. Now ...
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Water Fountain Pump - GFCI

Have a 1/2 HP sump pump running a DIY water Fountain in 1/2 Acre pond. Pump is on 20Amp GFCI plug. Pump will run for about 4 hours and then trip the GCFI. Replaced the GFCI plug, have checked to make ...
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sump pit not filling like it used to

Is it possible that work done to the basement slab can affect ground water flow to the sump pit? We recently had a toilet moved in our basement and since then our sump pit has been bone dry. The house ...
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Corrugated vs Solid PVC for sump pump drainage

I am about to do drainage project for my sump pump discharge drain. I am confused about what kind of material to use either solid PVC or corrugated. I live in the Chicago area where winter temp gets ...
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How do you stop basement waterproofing sealant that is coming into the sump pump basin from the foundation drain pipe?

I have a very unique and serious problem on my hands concerning the sump pump in my basement and I am very eager to hear of any suggestions or possible solution(s) as soon as possible. The problem I ...
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Is this sump pump plumbing correct?

We bought our house in 2013. There was a sump pit with a non functioning pump from the day we bought it. The basement was flooded in 2011, which I'm guessing is when the pump stopped working (a ...
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How do I set up a battery backup for an outdoor sump pump

I saw a post from 2016 asking this question with two options A water tight container for the battery backup Or an internal ups for it It’s 2020 and I’m curious if there’s anything better now. My pump ...
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Two check valves in a series on discharge pipe

Is there any downside to having two check valves in series? I'm installing a new sump pump that came with a new check valve. Several feet from the sump pump, there is an existing check valve on the ...
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Do I need to use a Sewage/Ejector pump if there's no toilet in the basement?

My home has a sump pit and an ejector pit, but I'm wondering if I can just use sump pumps in both pits. There's is no toilet or shower in the basement, so the only thing that drains into the ejector ...
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