Sump Pump Problem - Plumbing - DIY Home Improvement | DIYChatroom

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Plumbing


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-01-2011, 02:24 PM   #1
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

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.


john dedrick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2011, 05:45 PM   #2
DIY staff

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 25,728
Rewards Points: 7,174

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


New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2011, 02:57 PM   #3
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

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.
john dedrick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2011, 03:20 PM   #4
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 2,146
Rewards Points: 152

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.

Last edited by DexterII; 12-02-2011 at 03:24 PM.
DexterII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2011, 07:05 PM   #5
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Nashua, NH, USA
Posts: 7,971
Rewards Points: 1,548

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.
The good conscientious technician or serviceperson will carry extra oils and lubricants in case the new pump did not come with oil or the oil was accidentally spilled, so the service call can be completed without an extra visit.

Last edited by AllanJ; 12-03-2011 at 08:54 PM.
AllanJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2011, 08:17 AM   #6
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Near Philly
Posts: 2,426
Rewards Points: 1,770

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.


bob22 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Exterior grade sump pump Jeeper1970 Plumbing 11 12-02-2016 10:17 AM
Sump Pump Questions henlij Plumbing 22 03-16-2015 10:00 PM
Sump pump runs, basement humid, yard wet...HELP! emg2525 General DIY Discussions 12 06-17-2011 08:16 AM
On Off Indicator For Outside Sump Pump Lawrence Coppar Electrical 31 03-29-2009 01:01 PM
Sump Pump Design handy man88 Plumbing 2 10-04-2008 09:48 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1