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Old 04-09-2009, 10:53 PM   #31
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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.
There should be a valve inside the house where you can shut the supply to the spigot.

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Old 04-10-2009, 07:07 AM   #32
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if you are on a city water system take a water sample and have it tested for chlorine. anybody who has a swimming pool should have a test kit at home. as for spring under a house I am not saying they did it intentionally but I have seen it before several times. so there fore that is why I am suggesting the possibility of it. If a hose bibb was leaking enough to keep your sump pump coming on continuously I would think you would notice that as it would be pretty obvious. compare your water bill to some of your neightbors see how much differrence there is in them.
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Old 04-10-2009, 07:26 AM   #33
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I just notice that you said you are the only colonial in your neighbor hood and the rest are split levels. Most split levels only go in the ground about six feet while a colonial usually has a full 8 ft basement which means you are 4 or 5 feet deeper in the ground than all your neighbors. That leads me to wonder why you are the only one with a deep basement. Are ytou in a subdivision buit by one builder or several builders?
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:29 AM   #34
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it is a subdivision that is built by one builder.
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Old 04-10-2009, 02:31 PM   #35
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it is a subdivision that is built by one builder.
That may explain why only one colonial was built. we all learn by our mistakes. Not saying that is what happened just saying its a possibility. Stranger things have happened. If you kniow the previous owners you might try and ask them very nicely if it was a continuing problem with them. Don't mean to pee in your corn flakes here I am just bringing up stuff that i have seen happen before.
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Old 04-10-2009, 05:03 PM   #36
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I can not even begin where to find the original owners they had a anast y divorce and had to pay alot of money out of there pocket to close on the house they will not be helpfull to us.
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:23 AM   #37
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ok well i am out of ideas let us know how everything turns out.
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Old 04-11-2009, 08:46 AM   #38
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If you kniow the previous owners you might try and ask them very nicely if it was a continuing problem with them.
I think this is the first place you must start. This and talk to the neighbours.

Stop making excuses about contacting these people, especially the previous homeowners. Find them and talk to them. Be very polite when you talk to them and I'll bet they will share information with you. The more you know about the problem the better. Ask the neighbours if they know how to contact them. Talk to the lawyers involved in the home purchase/sale. Do you have their forwarding address? I bet they have forwarded their mail through the post office, send them a letter.

At this point the PROBLEM you have seems to be being handled just fine by the sump pumps. The fact that there is a back up (which I have never seen before) suggests to me the problem is not new.


TALK to the previous owners.

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can I be clear enough on this it is my problem now mine I will not try to get a hold of the previous owners but I will talk to the neighbors thanks for all your help who did help drtbk I do not need to be criticized by you I am grown man and the only person that will criticize will be wife thanks guys again for your help try to get a hold of the neighbors today by the way there is another colonial across the road from us so that rules that out. I will also wait to see what the firast water bill is .
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What did the full disclosure paperwork indicate about the basement/water problem?
Was there disclosure that the basement has flooded?
Once the sump pump fails the basement will flood it is just a matter of how deep the water will get.

Is there any water marks on the foundation walls to indicate that the basement has flooded prior?

How old is the current sump pump?

is it an expensive plastic one or a quality built sump?
Look at the model number/brand and see if it is of quality.

If it is an expensive pump then I would change it sooner with a quality lifetime pump which usually go for about $150 - $200. Do not expect the newer one to last forever with your conditons.

It would be cheaper than having to replace the furnace/ washer/dryer or any other pricer item that may get damaged if it is located in the basement.


Ask the neigbhors if the prior owners knew of the problem (There is no doubt that the prior owners knew of the problem as they had the water back style pump) and ask the neighbors if they have the same problem and any measure that have been taken to help to problem.
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Old 04-11-2009, 04:53 PM   #41
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I talked to the guy across the way this morning he has the same problem and says he actually just paid a plumber to come and fix his pump they replaced it then raised the pump with a cynder block and lifted now it runs once every 10 minutes but runs for 2 mins straight until stops. I don't know if that would help but I feel a little better knowing I am not the only one he also said he bought the house brand new 17 years ago and has had this problem since day one.
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well you must be in a high water table area then.
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drtbk I do not need to be criticized by you I am grown man and the only person that will criticize will be wife thanks guys again for your help try to get a hold of the neighbors today by the way there is another colonial across the road from us so that rules that out. I will also wait to see what the firast water bill is .

bowanna, I apologize if my remarks offended you. I strongly felt that you needed some information. Your neighbour provided that for you. Now you know the problem is not unique to your home. So now we can focus on tweaking the run times of the pump.

Now all you have to do is adjust the float level somehow to make the pump run longer. That is the white ball attached to the pump in the majority of your photos. Move it up and down with your hands and you'll be able to see at what level the pump starts and the level it shuts off. There has to be a way to adjust this. You want it to come on when the water is a little bit higher and shut off when the water is much lower. That will increase the operation times. You don't want the pump to turn off when the float is set so low so that the pump sucks air (not good for the pump).

Get in there and get back to us.

In my opinion, lifting the pump up and setting it on a block wouldn't change the run time, as it is the movement of that float that dictates the run time. With the pump higher in the tub, it will just come on later, run the same length of time and then shut off. That means the water level in the tub is higher. Something I would rather not have. There must have been more the plumber did to get that neighbour's pump to run longer.

Worst case scenario, you bring in that plumber.
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Drtbk that is cool I was just kiddin tomorrow after the old bunny comes I will go and try to adjust it thanks guys for the help...
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I just purchased a home up here in cny I have noticed my sump runs once every minute and that the water coming in to the well is constant flow what can I do to address this. What could be my problem what should I do first they also had a back up water pressure pump installed in case I lose power. It also is loud and annoying is there anythign I can do to fix that also. Any of your help is appreciated Thanks again all of you guys and gals.
hook up 1 1/2" pipe to existing going out. Get the water that is ejected out as far as you can from the house, because when it ejects out, it will just be going back to your house. As far as a back up, always make sure your battery is replaced, because when the power goes out, your battery to the back up can be dead. As far as the noise, support the pipes coming out of the pit as best as you can. If not, it will slam on and off. The best thing is too have pump sit on a brick (so it isn't sucking everything that lays on the bottom) and then make sure your pipe is sealed and secured where it enters out of the pit. The main thing is brace it the best you can. So brace pipes and eject water as far away from the house as possible.

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