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john dedrick 12-01-2011 02:24 PM

sump pump problem
I have water draining around the PVC pipe coming in from outside. The water was draining both around the pipe and through the pipe. Now it is draining only around the pipe into the sump basin.

oh'mike 12-01-2011 05:45 PM

Going to need a picture of this one --or a better description of the situation---

john dedrick 12-02-2011 02:57 PM

sump pump problem
The water is coming in under the white PVC pipe, in the sump pump basin, , that is coming from the outside into the sump pump basin. When the flow fist started, it was coming from the PVC pipe and an area just under the pipe. Now it is coming in just under the PVC pipe.

DexterII 12-02-2011 03:20 PM

John, welcome to the forum. There is a lot of knowledge here, and everyone is glad to share it, but they need to know the situation. After reading your second post, I, anyway, have the same picture as I did after reading your first post, to which Mikes suggested a picture, which would be most helpful, or at least a better description. At first glance, it sounds to me like you have a pipe that is broken or frozen, but we don't even know where it is coming from, so have no idea if that is a feasible possibility. Do you know what size pipe runs into your sump pit? Is it the one connected to the pump, or does it run into the side of the pit? If the latter, do you know where it originates? There very likely will be more questions, and I am by no means an expert on sump pumps, but am sure that someone can assist if you feed them the necessary information.

AllanJ 12-02-2011 07:05 PM

If the drain pipe (weeping tile) does not fit tightly into the side of the pit then water may come in around the edges. This is a non-problem so long as dirt and sand does not come in.

Typically the drain pipe is surrounded by gravel. Water may occupy the entire trench, not just the pipe. The pipe makes it easier for the water in the trench to reach the pit and make the water level throughout the trench to drop at least to the level of the bottom edge of the pipe faster.

Water (anywhere in the trench system) below the level of drain pipe (at the point of entry into the pit) and still in the gravel in the trench will stay behind. The entire system should have been installed low enough that this residual level is below the basement floor or otherwise does not caus a problem. If there are holes in the pit below the level of the pipes, then some of this additional water will drain into the pit.

By the way, you would want to check to be sure that the pipe is not clogged with dirt or whatever. Many plumbers have video snakes that can be used to inspect the pipe.

bob22 12-03-2011 08:17 AM

Is the PVC pipe you describe the discharge pipe from the pump to outside? If so, does it leave the pump area above or below grade?
Pictures would help as suggested.

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