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Old 04-08-2009, 06:01 AM   #16
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If the backup water pump is the problem how would I fix that. That needs to stay on in case of power loss or pump failure.

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Is the home in a low area?
Do you have all your downspouts removing the water as far away from the foundation as possible?
How deep was the snow pack near the home before it started to melt?
Was the sump running when the temperature outside was below freezing for many days?
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I just purchased the home it is actually higher than the houses around me the snow has been melted for at least a month now. just do not know if the groung is damp due to the winter frost.
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If the backup water pump is the problem how would I fix that. That needs to stay on in case of power loss or pump failure.
You may just need to tighten up loose fittings, which can happen over time. The important thing is to find the leak.
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which fittings would you be talking about and where would they be.
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Did you ask the neighbors if their sump pump runs often?
Are you on public water?
if so, you may have a leak in the supply line coming in from the street and all the water is going to your sump.
Can you turn off the water near the street to see if the water flow slows down to the sump?
Was this home vacant before you purchased it?
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yes i am on public water how would I turn it off at the street woul I have to call the weter board to do that and now it was not vacant and this has been a problem for a while as in our folder we got when we purchased the home it seems they replace a sump pump every 2 years because they burn out.
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Why did you not ask more questions if you were informed prior to buying the home that it had water problems pertaining to the sump?

Is the home located in "flood zone"?

Is there a high water table in your area?

Did you ask the prior owner if they looked into the condition or if they tried any measures to reduce the water volume coming into the sump?

Ask your neighbors (if they are close) if they get continous amounts of water in their sump and see what measures they have taken to slow down the water.
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I hired a structual engineer and home inspector and they both told me prior to buying it to add downspouts and grade away from the house which I did on both and it still has not stopped doing it the homeowners were not present when we looked at the house. I took the word of the people I hired and got it stuck in my you know what. Do you honestly think that the person selling the house would tell you if there was a problem anyway.
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I hired a structual engineer and home inspector and they both told me prior to buying it to add downspouts and grade away from the house which I did on both and it still has not stopped doing it the homeowners were not present when we looked at the house. I took the word of the people I hired and got it stuck in my you know what. Do you honestly think that the person selling the house would tell you if there was a problem anyway.
Find the shut off valve for the backup pump and shut that off.

If that doesn't work, then try the water main in the house.
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It is good that you had an inspection.

If a buyer asks a seller a question regarding any aspect of their home and the seller gives a false statement then the buyer could sue.
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If this has been happening for yrs my guess is that you have have a natural spring under the house and if that is the case well Happy pumping cause there is not much you can do except keep pumping it out. unless you are on a hill where you can dig down below your subfloor level in the house and put about 2 ft of 2 inch rock in the bottom and just let the water follow its natural gravitaional flow. Good luck
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handyman 88 I tried to shut off the backup that did not do anything. What if it is happening before the main how can I check that Like I said I could not question the owners they were not present and at the time I was not worried because the home inspector said it was ok it was probaply just the ground thawing but we are going into the middle of April and it is still thawing is that possible. Do you think I have any recouse with the inspector as it is his job and that is what I paid for.
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handyman 88 I tried to shut off the backup that did not do anything. What if it is happening before the main how can I check that Like I said I could not question the owners they were not present and at the time I was not worried because the home inspector said it was ok it was probaply just the ground thawing but we are going into the middle of April and it is still thawing is that possible. Do you think I have any recouse with the inspector as it is his job and that is what I paid for.
If shutting off at the backup does not do anything, then that rules out your backup as being the leak source.

You said your house is on the top of the hill, so it does not make sense with regard to thaw.

You may want to check around the perimeter of your house to see if a hose bib is leaking, and maybe it's leaking because the supply was not shut off during the winter from the inside.

I really don't understand why some people here would suggest a spring being the source of water because why would anyone build a house over a spring? How old is this house?

I would also check with neighbors to see if they have the same issue. They should, since you're sump is dumping water out continuously.

I don't think you have recourse against the inspector because they typically have you sign a waiver that exempts them from guilt because they are just providing their best professional judgment based on the current weather conditions and what is visible to the naked eye.

You should check with your realtor to see if the sellers disclosed this issue, and you can sue them as long as they still live in the state, but the laws may vary from state to state.
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it is funny you say that because the front spicket is dripping from the faucet what would be a good way to check it. The house is only 12 years old and hte house is higher than the houses around me not on a hill but I am going to talk to the neighbors this weekend though and see what they say all ther houses are split levels my house is the only colonial.

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