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Old 04-05-2013, 08:04 AM   #1
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Hello, new to the forum so I apologize if this a beaten to death topic.



I don't know anything about sump pumps, so I'm not sure if what is going on is normal or not. Basement floods after a heavy rain. House is only 3 years old, and there seems to be a lot of settling going on around it. To the point where the foundation line is now below where the insulation is on the house. So I plan on adding dirt around the house ASAP.


I'm sure that will help curb the flow of water away from the house, but I'm afraid I'm having a secondary issue with the sump. It has a radon pipe going out of it, so there's a cap drilled over the pit and I can't get it off. I go down to the basement roughly 3 times a day and give the drainage pipe coming out of the pit a little tap with my foot, and it shoots at least 20 gallons of water out to the street.


Doesn't seem normal, so I was wondering if it sounds like I need a new switch, or if it's something I can even fix myself. Also, curious if it sounds like it's more a sump pump issue over an actual drainage issue.


Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.

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Old 04-05-2013, 08:19 AM   #2
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Post some pictures.
No it's not normal to have to kick it to start or to have that much water coming.
No way to even know what type pump you have without seeing it.
Do you have gutters and down spouts that get the water out away from the house far enough?
Is there water coming up through the floor or is it running down the walls?
In some cases you may need a french drain on the outside as well as that back filling.

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Post some pictures.
No it's not normal to have to kick it to start or to have that much water coming.
No way to even know what type pump you have without seeing it.
Do you have gutters and down spouts that get the water out away from the house far enough?
Is there water coming up through the floor or is it running down the walls?
In some cases you may need a french drain on the outside as well as that back filling.
the down spouts go into the ground and is then drained away from the house. Due to the settling, some of the spouts have separated from the ground drains, but no more than 1/2 inch maybe.








since I can't get the cover off, I'm not sure the picture will even help







Water is seeping up through the floor, as seen from the staining here. Currently, the basement is dry.
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You need to unplug the pump and open it up.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:57 AM   #5
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Just cut the three and splice later with a 3 x 3 fernco coupling. Your sump pump float is hanging up. wire clamp on top of pump needs adjustment to keep float free from bind. I love the Nuc prop on the sump pit, what a crock of BS.
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Does your home still have a warranty?
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Does your home still have a warranty?

No, it was only a 2 year warranty.
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First order of business -- Make sure water does not pool up against the foundation outside. Use any method imaginable including regrading the land.

Downspouts that go down into the ground need pipes underground sloping away from the house and ending up somewhere that the water will never back up from.
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First order of business -- Make sure water does not pool up against the foundation outside. Use any method imaginable including regrading the land.

Downspouts that go down into the ground need pipes underground sloping away from the house and ending up somewhere that the water will never back up from.
ive never seen any puddles around the house, and the pipes drain out to the street an into the city sewer
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As others said the lid needs to come off so you can fix the problem.

Given the age of your house I can't imagine they're plumbed into the sewer, its against code. If your area has the sewer & runoff drainage systems separate then maybe they are going to the runoff. How do you know where they're going, did the builder tell you this?
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I didn't mean into the sewer itself, the drain leads out to the street.
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Ok so you can see the water coming out if you stand at the street when it pumps? Just trying to make sure you're actually getting rid of it and not moving it somewhere that it can seep back in to your basement.
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Ok so you can see the water coming out if you stand at the street when it pumps? Just trying to make sure you're actually getting rid of it and not moving it somewhere that it can seep back in to your basement.

yeah, it jettisons out into the street and then down the storm drain.
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Ok that's good. The reason you're getting water may just be because the pump isn't kicking on as early as it should be. (ie. you having to kick the pipe to engage it)

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