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Old 02-28-2009, 11:37 AM   #1
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I've googled and came up with nothing on this. I noticed the other day the sump was running non-stop. Quick check found that the pvc was loosely connected to the sump and water was splashing out from the loose connection. I suppose this would cause the pump to continue to run as is keeps pulling up the splashed out water. I pulled out the sump but was not able to re-connect the pvc. I tried scraping some of the junk to expose the threads, but still can't get the pvc into the sump. Is cement or some other adhesive used on this connection. Any help is appreciated.

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Old 02-28-2009, 11:54 AM   #2
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be sure you clean off ALL old gunk around the threads on BOTH sides, pump and pvc and try again. if still not going in, let us know, we'll figure it out, i'm sure. fyi, i ran galvanized steel for the first run from MY sump-pump, then adapted to a pvc run to take it up and out of my shelter.

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While you have it apart, it would be a good time to install a check valve immediately above the pump. It stops the water in the line from draining back and having to be pumped twice.

the threads might be stripped. If that is the case, just cut off a short section of new pvc with a new threaded section for the connection.

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Thanks for the help guys. There is a check valve already installed. I think that there may be some other problem here in addition to the pvc not fitting into the sump. In fact, I think it probabaly worked fine for a while with it being loosely connected. Could it be the float switch. If i plug it in it runs continuously. Gets rid of water fine, but just doesn't shut off. If I lift the float up it still runs. We recently had a lot of rainfall, this is when I noticed the problem. I know for a fact the sump is at least 5 years old as this is when we moved into this house. It could very well be much older. Thanks again for the help.

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if you lift the float and it still runs, the float switch likely needs replacing.

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Thanks for the help guys. There is a check valve already installed. I think that there may be some other problem here in addition to the pvc not fitting into the sump. In fact, I think it probabaly worked fine for a while with it being loosely connected. Could it be the float switch. If i plug it in it runs continuously. Gets rid of water fine, but just doesn't shut off. If I lift the float up it still runs. We recently had a lot of rainfall, this is when I noticed the problem. I know for a fact the sump is at least 5 years old as this is when we moved into this house. It could very well be much older. Thanks again for the help.
The sump pump cold be old, but keep in mind that it's a device that is not running every day....only when it rains.

Generally speaking, most sumps have 1.25" outlets. A pvc pipe of 1.5" is usually used to channel water out though, and that's because most pumps come with a screw on adapter where the 1.5" pipe is cemented on, and then the adapter is screwed onto the pump itself.
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I've googled and came up with nothing on this. I noticed the other day the sump was running non-stop. Quick check found that the pvc was loosely connected to the sump and water was splashing out from the loose connection. I suppose this would cause the pump to continue to run as is keeps pulling up the splashed out water. I pulled out the sump but was not able to re-connect the pvc. I tried scraping some of the junk to expose the threads, but still can't get the pvc into the sump. Is cement or some other adhesive used on this connection. Any help is appreciated.
If your switch is shot and the threads are that bad then just replace the thing, it's not worth fooling around with.
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Just wanted to thank you guys for all the advice. Ended up getting a piggyback switch for the sump. Probably going to be a temporary fix for the time being. Put it on a couple of hours ago and it's doing it's job. Thanks again for all the help, Dan

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