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Old 03-26-2012, 06:05 PM   #1
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Hello all, I had recently bought a foreclosed house. It had a sump basket but there was never a pump in it. I installed a pump and it has never ran on its own.

I have been keeping an eye on the water level on a daily basis since I bought the house. It was dry all winter and once it started thawing/raining, it has raised to 6-8 inches max. Now this is the weird part to me; we have had a couple good storms this spring and the water level drops and it's dry pretty quickly. Any ideas what is up with this?

The only input for water into the basket is through the holes in the bottom. The town I live in is known to have water problems in many house. The neighbors say their sump pumps run quite often.

The house was built in 2006.

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Old 03-26-2012, 06:20 PM   #2
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Check around your property at its lowest for a weeper that could be covered over with sod.
The builder may have tied in a drainage pipe at the foundation and has the sump pit there for back up.

Thats the way my house is, only I found the gravity drained pipe the hard way. Sod and muck had clogged the daylight end and it stopped functioning. Heavy rains, power outage = flood.

I lucked out one day when investigating a curious soggy patch in the ditch.

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You may be lucky enough to have a low water table under the house and good outside drainage---

Does the pit have a pipe coming into it?
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You may be lucky enough to have a low water table under the house and good outside drainage---

Does the pit have a pipe coming into it?
There is an empty lot next to me that has standing water in it.

There is not a pip coming into the basket. The holes for the inlets are not cut out.
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That might be a septic (sewage) pit--intended for a future bathroom---

Is there another pit near the foundation wall that does have piping?
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There is an empty lot next to me that has standing water in it.

There is not a pip coming into the basket. The holes for the inlets are not cut out.
If the pump were to come on,where would it discharge the water too?

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That might be a septic (sewage) pit--intended for a future bathroom---

Is there another pit near the foundation wall that does have piping?
Nope, this is the only pit.
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It looks like you have a pipe entering the pit ---I see dribble marks running down the side of the pit.

Is that correct?
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If the pump were to come on,where would it discharge the water too?
Trip the float and go outside and find out
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Trip the float and go outside and find out
I installed the run off.

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It looks like you have a pipe entering the pit ---I see dribble marks running down the side of the pit.

Is that correct?
When i knocked on the plastic where the pipes would come in, its feels like it's all sand behind it. I drilled a 1/16th hole to check if water would come in through the hole; only a few drops have.
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Odd--typically a house of that age would have perimiter footing drain tile that should dump into that pit---

Sounds like you don't have any--just a perforated pit to relieve the pressure under the slab---
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Odd--typically a house of that age would have perimiter footing drain tile that should dump into that pit---

Sounds like you don't have any--just a perforated pit to relieve the pressure under the slab---
When the house was built code said it needed a tile as well.............
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I installed the run off.
hmmm. Where's Bud..He'd have that sorted
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The drain tile should enter the pit-----somethings missing---either the tile--or the pipe to the pit.

See if you take on water during the spring rains----might get expensive if you start flooding--

You may not have a water problem at all---wait and see----

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