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Old 09-09-2011, 12:10 PM   #1
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Can exessive rain (over 9 inches since monday) cause a high water alarm to come on for my myers mw50 sewage pump? never had any problems before

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Old 09-09-2011, 01:20 PM   #2
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It shouldn't set off the alarm--even if the pit leaks and is picking up ground water----

Better pop off the lid and see what's going on.

That pump should be able to keep up with extra water and not over fill.---Mike----

9 inches is a LOT of water----

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The alarm light that is on is a myers level alert. Right the green and red light are both on. What would trigger the alarm light to come on? Should we unplug it and see if it will reset.
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Is the pump running? Your pump floats may be stuck. You need to pull the lid and look inside
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I assume this pump is in a pump chamber that leads to your septic system. If not, please tell us where the pump is.

The alarm comes on when the level in the pump chamber exceeds the preset alarm level, which is typically about 6 inches below the top of the pump chamber. The purpose of the alarm is to warn you that the pump is not working, so you will not continue to flush sewage into a full tank, eventually overflowing the tank onto the ground. My neighbor had the same problem, it was a broken pump, but he unfortunately ignored the alarm until there was sewage all over his front lawn.


As noted, you need to open the manhole to the pump chamber and determine if the pump is functional. If not, get it replaced of course, although it could be the float as previously noted, or even the wiring from the house to the pump. If the pump chamber is cracked, groundwater could be flowing into the pump chamber, although the pump should be able to pump out a limited amount of groundwater, as previously noted.
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I assume you meant the sewage pump in your basement.

Do you have a septic system ? Is it a mound system with a pump?

Thank Daniel for his ability to read . Sorry if I jumped to a wrong conclusion.

If that is the problem I will let others take over--My knowledge in that area is minimal.
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thanks for all your responses. The pump is now workingt again. We cleaned the prongs on the plug - lots of buildup on them. I don't know if that took care of it or if our drain field lines finally dried up enough for the pump to have a place to push the water, but we are so glad all is working now. However, this incident did help us learn a whole lot more about this type system and what we need to do to maintain it so we can hopefully keep it going well for a while. Again, thanks to all.
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No idea on a "how long it's been running" option, but the most absurdly strong and reliable bilge alarm I could find (and installed myself a few months ago) is this one from Defender:

http://www.best-pressure-washer-reviews.com/best-pressure-washers.html
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always make sure that if the high water alarm is sounding off, that the pump is running, sometimes it could be that the pump is just not keeping up, also the float could be hung or has gone bad, or a wire connection...periodically check inside to make sure everything looks ok especially if you know they are calling for a lot of rain...

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