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Old 08-18-2011, 10:48 AM   #1
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Sump pump jerks when it turns on


First time homeowner.

We just moved into our house this weekend and I've never lived in a house with a sump pump before. After a large rainfall the sump pump ran overnight and into the morning. I didn't know until I spoke with some co-workers that this was a problem. The issue was caused by the rod that connects the balloon to the "on" lever got stuck in the wood planks surrounding the pump. As soon as I touched the top of the pump the rod dislodged and dropped and the pump shut right off.

The rod getting stuck is the symptom, the cause is the pump jerks counter-clockwise when it turns on causing the rod to get stuck in the wood. There are two wooden planks surrounding the pump that help support it and keep it upright. The wood is marred from the rod chipping away at the wood over the years and that is where the rod gets stuck. The base of the pump is not secured in any way and it rests on top of two circular discs, one on top of the other, about an inch thick. Neither of these discs are secured either. Both the pump and the discs shift slightly when the pump turns on along with the pump spinning. The movement of the pump i assume is why the wooden planks are there.

Should a sump pump move when it turns on? Shouldn't it be secured in some manner so it does not? I have never had to do any kind of home repair before so please forgive the elementary wording. However, I want to learn and am eager to do so. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Sounds like you have a pedestal pump (motor on top out of the water)

Secure that with two horse shoe type clamps attached to a wood brace--

Clamps are available in the plumbing section of any store---You will need to be a little inventive with the brace.

Post a picture of the current set up and someone will offer a good solution.--Mike--

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Pipe clamp to angle brace to t brace to cinderblock. Works like a charm. Thanks for the advice!
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Thanks---nice to know the outcome.
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