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Old 10-31-2012, 04:38 PM   #16
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well, I got a 1/2 HP Zoeller and all the pieces to make it work but the tightener between the check valve and the pipe is facing the wrong way and is a couple of inches from the wall. I can't loosen it. I tried to be clever by loosening the fastener above the check valve and got a face full of water hehe... Now it's leaking a little but into the hole so I can live with that for now. Any suggestions? If anyone is available to try to talk me through this it would be much appreciated! email me at buskerdog AT gmail. Thanks!

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Old 10-31-2012, 04:45 PM   #17
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You did unplug the old pump, right???

You shouldn't get much pressure if it's unplugged............
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:49 PM   #18
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Are you talking about removing above the check valve? I mean, yeah it was all water from above the check valve, not water that was currently pumping. Pump is unplugged. There's probably a good bit of water in there from the storm. Are you suggesting I let that water in to the hole?

(just to clarify, I think the water was coming down the pipe, not up it, but I could be wrong?)

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Old 10-31-2012, 04:55 PM   #19
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If the check valve was on top of the pump---it was wrong when that was installed----

check valve is usually above the high water line---often about 2 feet above the pit----

Install the threaded fitting---the new pipe---then---well I need to see your piping to tell you where to best insert the check valve---
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:55 PM   #20
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The only water that "should" drain back to the crock would be the vertical section of the pipe, usually 5-8 feet. Not more than a gallon or two. The horizontal pipe "should" be pitched away, and already be empty.

I'd loosen up either clamp you can get off, remove the pump, take off the remaining clamp, screw new or existing pipe into new pump, and re-install.............
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:59 PM   #21
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Thanks guys. I could post more pics but honestly on the time frame I have (flying out of the country in the morning) there's no way I'm moving the check valve tonight (still need to pack!) I could try draining the pip above the check valve into the pit and then try to get rid of that water so I can see what I'm doing via wet/dry vac. Gonna try that I guess.
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:14 PM   #22
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Alright I drained the pipe and removed the water. I'm attaching two pics. sumppump1 is above the check valve. The top tightener is the one I loosened and drained but I don't think I gained anything since I think it's glued.

sumppump2 shows underneath the check valve. On the left you see the tightener facing the wall.

Honestly, I'm really frustrated and think I just need to call a plumber and have the housesitter deal with it. I feel like I'm so close but this is installed in such a crappy way that I can't deal with it. Ugh. I hate giving up! Anyone have any final words of encouragement??
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:28 PM   #23
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You've got a ton of option to get it out. It would be rare that the pipe were glued, it's just stuck from being clamped for years. If you can't yank it off, you could cut the rubber boot and replace the check valve (usually under $10) or cut the pvc pipe up higher and simply put it back together with a coupling............
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You've got a ton of option to get it out. It would be rare that the pipe were glued, it's just stuck from being clamped for years. If you can't yank it off, you could cut the rubber boot and replace the check valve (usually under $10) or cut the pvc pipe up higher and simply put it back together with a coupling............
Thanks. That's all good stuff. I did give it another shot and I think you're right, it's not glued, just shoved way in there without enough wiggle room to pull it out. Unfortunately I don't have any time to get any more stuff since I need to move my attention to packing. You guys have all been great. Unfortunately this is DIY fail on my part.
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Just cut the pipe, then when you reassemble, you can place the Check valve at that point, or use a slip joint to join the two sections together. A Fernco also works in situations like this, when you have to cut.
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Dear All:
I have a question about sump pit. I notice during hurricane Sandy and the amount of rain we got, around 8in. That my sump pit was filling from bottom and not from the drainage pipes. I am concern is this not normal and if this might put pressure on the basement floor? The drain were dry all the time but the sump was filling every five minutes! Is the drain pipes clogged, I looked and could not see any obvious sign of obstruction. Any suggestions will be great on how to proceed with this issue!
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