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Considering 3 possible sump pump backup solutions

I'm trying to decide on which of three possible paths to take for building a backup system for my two sump pumps. Here's the use case based on a flood event from last year. My property has a high ...
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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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Can I connect batteries of same voltage but different aH for my sump pump back up batteries?

I found much cheaper AGM deep cycle marine batteries and want to connect these in parallel to my already existing Sumpro set up. (https://www.ionproducts.net/literature/battery-backup-systems/legacy-...
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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 Discharge Options - Storm Sewer or Dry Well

Today, my sump discharges out a flex hose for about 30 feet into my backyard. This works fine and there isn't any pooling of water, even during heavy rainstorms. Rather than removing the flex hose ...
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Connecting a sump pump to a 4" drain

I am installing a sump pump in my backyard. There already is a 4” PVC drain pipe that runs approximately 120’ to the street and has a 1% downhill slope. Can the 1 1/2” to 2” outlet pipe from the sump ...
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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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My crawlspace has 2 chambers and has flooded recently. Do I need 2 sump pumps or can I connect the chambers somehow?

The red line on the picture above is the "division" between the chambers. The entrance to the crawlspace is from the smaller chamber and there's a cutout to the bigger one. The walls on the ...
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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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Foul water sump needs a gentle tap to start

I have a foul water sump in my basement and it no longer automatically starts after the water in its chamber rises and the float switch floating. It’s is not the float switch fault as this was checked....
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Is there a good way to allow air into sump pump discharge line to drain quickly?

I'm wondering if there is a way (and if it's recommended) to allow air into the sump pump discharge pipe once the pump shuts off to eliminate vacuum and help water can flow out quickly. Right after ...
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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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Sump Pump Turn On Height and Cycling [duplicate]

I live in a new home that is 2 years old. During construction the builder put in both interior and exterior drain tiles feeding two sump pits. The area has a high water table at times due to some ...
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Standing water in sump pit is stinking up the place [closed]

I have a production facility with two connected INTERIOR storm drains and sump pits. These drain to an external storm drain through a oil and sand separator. The problem is we occasionally drain to ...
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Why do we have sump pits?

Why is sump pit built to bring exterior water into basement only do to be pumped away? The basement is dry except where the pit creates a penetration. Why invite exterior water into the basement? The ...
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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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House Has Apron - Sump Pump Goes Out Window - Proper Drain In Wrong Place Still Better?

So my house has a concrete apron, about 20" or so off the house, and then grass. The current sump discharge is out a hole in a plexiglass window. I was going to lay a proper 4" SD pipe out ...
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Why not drill through concrete basement walls?

I live in a climate (Kansas City) that has freezing temperatures a few times each winter, sometimes for several days in a row, and I'm contemplating a project to use my sump pit and air-conditioner ...
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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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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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For my sump pump system, am I correctly calculating Total Dynamic Head? Have to replace both my pump & discharge line

I'm calculating TDH (Total Dynamic Head) for the purpose of replacing my sump pump. I also need to replace the discharge line (pvc + check valve), however, the structure is forcing me to a very ...
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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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Concrete lid in basement-what is it for? [closed]

Does anyone know what this heavy concrete lid is for? It is approximately 2ftx1.5ft. It is 6-7 ft away from my sump pump. I started getting little water leak under the lid and sump pump works fine ...
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How do I lift a jammed sump lid?

My sump's lid hasn't been opened since years. I want to open it, and tried pulling it with all the force I could apply but it didn't make any difference. I tied a rope to the handles and pulled the ...
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How to install radon system with sump pit with no incoming drains

We have high radon levels (~10) and I would like to add a mitigation system. There is a sump pit in the basement, but there are no drains flowing into it (i.e. it's getting water directly from floor ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...