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Old 01-29-2013, 09:30 PM   #1
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My sump pump is going off every 4 hours almost like clock work. No real rain fall. Its been 3 days. The sump as far as i know never had water in it before. It pumps into a rain water line that takes it to the street. Any help or ideas would be appreaciated..thanks

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Supply plumbing under the slab?


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Old 01-30-2013, 06:37 AM   #3
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Only two things I can think of that cause that----Joe's thought---leaking pipe under the slab

Or,more common--water table is rising--what's the weather been like in the last couple of weeks?
How many seasons have you lived in the house?

Does your water meter spin when everything is turned off? Where does the main line enter the house?
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No, I have no leaks. I also turned off the main and the meter at street level does not move.
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I live in south jersey, Cinnaminson, everyone I ask locally says its just the water table. My question is wouldn't there be more of a sporadic change in the volume of water, even maybe go down for a day. It's the way it just keeps rising slowly that has me miffed...
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That's very normal----think of that pit as a bucket with a hole in the bottom---

the soil---a swimming pool filled with sand----with your bucket sunk into it----

in the spring---that pool starts to fill up---reaches your bucket--then the bucket starts to fill---you pump it out----and it will slowly fill again----and so it goes---pump--fill--pump--fill

Until the water 'table' in the pool is lowered.

One possibility----shut off the pump and watch----of the water rises and stops 6 or 7 inches below the floor----and stays that way---you could adjust the float to turn on if the water goes above that mark---

In homes with a constant high water table I frequently install a good pedestal pump--they are easier to fine adjust than the submersible pumps---
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You live in South Jersey and a hurricane just came through there and flooded everything, now the water tables higher then normal, Hmm.
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I live in south jersey, Cinnaminson, everyone I ask locally says its just the water table. My question is wouldn't there be more of a sporadic change in the volume of water, even maybe go down for a day. It's the way it just keeps rising slowly that has me miffed...
Normally when the water table changes, it is over a period of weeks or months. If there was a big storm then the water table might change in a matter of days.

The water table can vary from place to place even within a horizontal distance of a few feet, this may depend on different coarseness or fineness of the soil. When the water table is above basement floor level, an adequate sump pump and perimeter drain system lowers the water table to be below basement floor level at least within a few feet of the house.

When the water table is above floor level, then the sump pump system has to operate 24/7. If the water table is below floor level but above the bottom of the pit, then you can adjust the float higher so the pump is not so quick to come on.

It is possible for water to come up onto the floor at the far corner of the basement even though the pit is not full. So be prepared to adjust the float back down if you adjust it upwards.

It is okay if water remains in the pit all the time but it is more efficient for the pump to empty out the pit almost completely on each cycle.
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I live in south jersey, Cinnaminson, everyone I ask locally says its just the water table. My question is wouldn't there be more of a sporadic change in the volume of water, even maybe go down for a day. It's the way it just keeps rising slowly that has me miffed...
Im in burlington, my pump has been turning on once or twice a day when it never used to before, I have a feeling things are still off from the hurricane
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Thank u all... That's what I needed to hear neighbor!
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I don't think you have anything to worry about as long as your pump is good and the house is dry. every 4 hours is nothing. I also bet the pump normally works more than you think.
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My sump pump is going off every 4 hours almost like clock work. No real rain fall. Its been 3 days. The sump as far as i know never had water in it before. It pumps into a rain water line that takes it to the street. Any help or ideas would be appreaciated..thanks
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One quick thing to do is to call the city or county and have them come out to test the water to make sure that a water main has not broken, if it's a water main they will be testing for fluoride in the water. If it turns out that its not city or county water than you have ground water leaking in around the foundation and it would be a wise investment in a new sump and/or a battery backup unit.

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