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Old 02-04-2014, 05:32 PM   #1
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Bought a foreclosed home and has been left unattended for probably 8 months. The lining of the sump is bulging out, but applying pressure doesnt seem to work. I drilled a hole into one of the bulges and water was coming out, but the lining still wont go back into place. Also, I cant figure out where that 1in pvc comes from, it doesn't drain water at all so not sure what its purpose is.
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Is that a sump pit or a sewage pit?

Different answer depending on the pit---Mike--

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Its a sump pit.
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Okay--I see two choices---perforate the pit with a drill to relieve the ground water pressure and live with the bulged pit liner---

Or remove the bad liner--and install a new ,better quality one---

If you don't mind the looks--I'd leave it---
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Drill the holes you apparently have a lot of ground water that needs a way out. Then this summer look at the slope of the soil around your house and make sure it is not at the low end. Also check your downspouts and storms. I have seen where natural springs have occurred in basements one house required 3 sumps running to maintain a basement.
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Also, I cant figure out where that 1in pvc comes from, it doesn't drain water at all so not sure what its purpose is.
Ayuh,.... Water heater over-flow,..??

Condensin' boiler drain,..??
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Water softener drain, HVAC drain?
Just going to have to follow it back to where it comes from to find out.
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Water softener drain, HVAC drain?
Just going to have to follow it back to where it comes from to find out.
Well I know its not the water softener, water heater or HVAC. The only thing I can think it would be is I have a 1" end cap in the ground next to another end cap which Im guessing is for a toilet. Maybe its for a sink?
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Drill the holes you apparently have a lot of ground water that needs a way out. Then this summer look at the slope of the soil around your house and make sure it is not at the low end. Also check your downspouts and storms. I have seen where natural springs have occurred in basements one house required 3 sumps running to maintain a basement.
The soil around my house is mostly flat. I would like to bury my down spout and sump pump lines, but I'm not sure how to drain them properly.

Well I can only go so far down in my pit with my Liberty Pump 257 because the level of the water has to be a certain level for it to work. There is also a lot of debris at the bottom which Im unable to clean up. Should I get another pump to get the remaining water out?
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It is not necessary to fully drain a pit---as a matter of fact--if a house has a high water table,often the pump is set to go on after the water raises above the natural level of the water in the pit.

All outside drains should be 'free fall'---a 4" pipe is buried underground with a 90* elbow to receive the water from the sump or down spout--the pump pipe dumps into that with an air gap----that way if the ground drain ever freezes or gets clogged,the water can still flow from the pump,
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It is not necessary to fully drain a pit---as a matter of fact--if a house has a high water table,often the pump is set to go on after the water raises above the natural level of the water in the pit.

All outside drains should be 'free fall'---a 4" pipe is buried underground with a 90* elbow to receive the water from the sump or down spout--the pump pipe dumps into that with an air gap----that way if the ground drain ever freezes or gets clogged,the water can still flow from the pump,
That was I was planning on doing, but I was trying to make my yard look nicer instead of having a 4" pipe to daylight. Any ideas without making it look so noticeable?
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Do you have a road drainage ditch?
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That crock isn't collapsing because of hydrostatic pressure alone, it's the the #1 washed stone behind it that's pushing it in. There's no way to push it back, other than sawing some floor out and replacing it with a better crock.

I'd highly recommend setting the pump on the bottom for starters. You can adjust from there, if you feel it runs too much........

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