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Old 08-12-2009, 12:12 AM   #16
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unless you live in a swamp that is alot of water coming in is your water meter spinning constantly? i think there is a fresh water leak under the slab
Just watched the meters for about 30 mins and not a budge. I guess being that this is my first house and not knowing how much a sump should run, I just haven't been that alarmed. Any suggestions as to how I might check it out? Thank you all for the valuable feedback!

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Old 08-12-2009, 03:38 PM   #17
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I saw your video. Is the rate at which the water enters the pit constant? Does it increase after a rain storm? Does it increase shortly after a discharge cycle? Does it ever stop?
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I saw your video. Is the rate at which the water enters the pit constant? Does it increase after a rain storm? Does it increase shortly after a discharge cycle? Does it ever stop?
It never stops. What you see in the video is constant as far as flow is concerned. It will flow more during a storm, but not that much more. It seems that most of the water that is coming in is always coming in, not from the rain, if that makes sense. My downspouts all drain well away from the house, grade is away (although never measured rate) and no landscaping around the house.

I mentioned in a previous post that I have the only house on our block that has a full basement. I probably shouldn't have said that as I just inferred that based on typical floor plans we'd seen from the builder and the fact that our sump pump ran all the time. I don't know many of my neighbors and am not the kind of person to go knocking door to door asking them about their sumps. I find if very interesting to find out that perhaps I should be concerned so I'll poke around our county assessors site to see if I can get some floor plans for other houses and perhaps target a couple neighbors to ask.

No need to mention that we talk to the builder. They don't stand behind anything and won't return calls. I'm glad there isn't anything seriously wrong with the house.

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Looks like we can rule out sump pump discharge water getting back into the system and a water leak under the slab (you said no movement on the water meter, but you could have a leak before the meter. You might want to hire a plumber with one of those listening devices just to confirm). You just might have to keep an extra pump on hand to replace the one that is getting over-worked. I have a battery operated water sensor alarm that I keep next the sump pump lid in case the pump fails. Got it at the orange apron store. I replace the battery when I replace those in the smoke detectors: once/year Some peace of mind. I still need to get a battery backup pump in case I'm not home when/if the main pump fails.
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There's a fairly simple control system you could build using two floats, a relay, and a box to put it in.

The upper float would turn the pump on, and the lower float would turn it off. The floats could be adjusted as needed.

It's not hard to build, but you'd need at least some electrical knowledge. If you know what 'normally open' and 'normally closed' means, and what a relay does, then either me or any of about a dozen guys on the electrical forum could lead you through it.

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