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Old 03-30-2013, 09:54 AM   #1
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I have a sump in the basement and the pump runs every 15 to 30 seconds even when it's not raining. I suspected that the water being pumped out was somehow returning into the sump so I added food coloring and filled it with water. As I suspected the water coming into the sump became red in about 3 minutes. I assume this isn't normal. What do you suggest as a fix.
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Where is the sump discharging to?

It is obviously not far enough away from the foundation so it needs to be routed further away from the home.

Any pics of the exterior?
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Install a backflow check valve....Not expensive.
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I totally agree^^^^^ put the check valve on the pump right where the water comes out it is a one way valve so the water in the hose can't come back in when the pump shuts off.
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Is the water coming back from the discharge pipe or back from the sump?

Should have a backflow preventer on it as a standard so +1 to the advice above. If it is running ever 30 seconds though, it sounds like it is just dumping it against the foundation and circulating the water.
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Is the water coming back from the discharge pipe or back from the sump?

Should have a backflow preventer on it as a standard so +1 to the advice above. If it is running ever 30 seconds though, it sounds like it is just dumping it against the foundation and circulating the water.
It's coming from the sump. Not the discharge pipe. I think it may be discharging too close to the house.
Looks like I have a lot of work ahead.
House is just a year old.
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Ok, so is there a check valve on the line just above the pump or not?
No way is the water not discharging far enough away from the house and running back into the sump in that short a time.
No check valve and it's going to be short cycling?
Should look like one of these.
http://www.bing.com/shopping/search?...alve&FORM=HURE
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Or it may have a check valve and it is stuck open.
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Ok, so is there a check valve on the line just above the pump or not?
No way is the water not discharging far enough away from the house and running back into the sump in that short a time.
No check valve and it's going to be short cycling?
Should look like one of these.
http://www.bing.com/shopping/search?...alve&FORM=HURE
There is a check valve on the discharge line. There are two pipes that dump into the sump. This is where the red water was coming back in from. Which is why I believe it's not draining far away from the house.
I'm pretty sure the check valve works because when the pump stops, no water runs back in from it.
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Install at least 10' of solid pipe (3-4" pvc, 3" abs, etc..) onto the end of the current pvc discharge outside, and direct to an area that will drain as far away from the house as possible..............
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