Sump Pump Kicking On
In the basement of my house both the laundry sink ang the basement floor drain are below the main drain, so they both drain into what I've always called the storm drain. I know there's a correct name for it but it escapes me right now, it's the hole in the corner of the basement and the sump pump, pumps the water into the main drain.
Also draining into the storm drain is a third pipe that I cannot figure out where it is coming from, alot of time there is water coming out out of this pipe which causes my sump pump to kick on 4 or 5 times a day. I thought maybe it was catching water around the foundation but it tends to happen even if it had not rained in days.
I watched my water meter while the pipe was draining and over the course of a few minutes it didn't move so I don't think it's because of a leak anywhere, unless it was before the water meter.
I'm a fairly new home owner, so I've never seen this before. Is this something that is pretty common in homes, it was built in the 50's.
The area the home is in is not near any bodies of water, but I'm not sure how close the basement is to the water table.
Sorry if some of my terms are not correct in the plumbing description, I'm a rookie when it comes to plumbing issues.