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Old 04-25-2013, 07:40 PM   #1
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My neighbors sump pump runs for 15 minutes straight pumping gallons of water into my yard. My pump pumps for 15 seconds and stops. Why does hers runs so long thus flooding my yard?


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My neighbors sump pump runs for 15 minutes straight pumping gallons of water into my yard. My pump pumps for 15 seconds and stops. Why does hers runs so long thus flooding my tard?
Just a guess, it could be the way the slope of the property is. Possibly forcing more water into her foundation than yours, thereby making her sump pump run longer. Is she uphill of you?

I am not sure, but I don't think sump pump water can be pumped or routed onto another person's property without that person's permission. Just a suggestion, maybe have a friendly talk/chat with her to see if she can have it rerouted some how so that most of the water stays in her yard and not yours. Hopefully you can both come up with a solution without causing a riff between good neighbors.


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Jmon I agree w/ everything you said but my main question would be why on earth would her pump run for 15min straight? Depending on the size of the pump that could be 1,000gal which would likely cause a problem anywhere except directly into a drain. Even if the float didn't kick the pump on til the water was at the top of the pit I wouldn't think it should run for much more than a min or two. I think that's the main question to address...
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Roger that fetzer85, your right, 15 minuets straight is an extremely long time for it to be running, even in a heavy rain storm or a lot of snow melt. Normally it should run for 1 or 2 minutes or so.

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Exactly. This pump runs for 15 minutes each time it goes off. The water has completely removed the dirt and sod around her fence posts and now mine. Could this be an illegal hook up somehow allowing more than just rain water to be pumped out of her sump? Our houses are at the same level in my subdivision.

Thanks for all your comments. I had a landscaper speak to her and address putting in underground piping to take the water in another direction.

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Normally sump pumps are designed to pump water out to the storm sewer system, or at least to the road. It is very unusual to route sump pump outflow onto the neighbor's property, although you didn't exactly say it run directly onto your property. I assume you know that it runs 15 minutes straight because you can see the outflow pipe, although you didn't exactly say that either. As to why it would run 15 minutes, it could be that the sump pit is deeper than yours, and her float may be set differently than yours

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