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Old 03-17-2011, 11:12 AM   #1
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The snow has been melting in Wisconsin and now my sump pump has been running continuously for about 2 weeks. It recycles about every 4-5 minutes. I wondering what can be done outside or what type of company would be the best to call?
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Old 03-17-2011, 11:28 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome KathySterl, to the best darn DIY"r site on the web.

Not sure what you are asking Kathy, are you suggesting that the water is leaking for the outside to the sump and you are wanting it to stop?

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Old 03-17-2011, 11:31 AM   #3
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First, see if water is puddling up against the foundation and correct that, for example put extenders on the downspouts so the water is released further out, and/or regrading the land so water flows away from the foundation.

There should be a check valve in the outlet line so water still in the line does not fall back down into the pit each time the sump pump shuts off.
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It seems like all the water in my neighborhood must drain towards my house which means my sump pump never stops running. It has been running for about two weeks straight. The water coming into the sump pump is like someone left the facuet on, now a slow drip but like a facuet running.

The previous owner had a underground sprinkler system installed and had some extra drains installed and I really think that this could be part of the problem.
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Kathy, I would say that your problem is not a problem at all, the drainage system is working as designed, you are just in a low lying area with a high water table.

The only real thing you can to is raise the yard, but not past the point where you slope away from the house, install berms to prevent water from surrounding areas draining to the low point (your yard) or leave it be and make sure your sump has a good backup and you have a spare pump on hand.

I lived with you exact situation for amost 14 years and never had a problem, I changed the sump out every 2 years whether is needed it or not, just as an insurance plan.

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Does this do this every year? Clear the snow away from the foundation all around by a couple feet.

Make sure all roof drains are diverted several feet from the house. Make sure the ground around the foundation is sloped away from the house.

Make sure the sprinkler system is drained and winterized every year.

Make sure your sump pump has a check valve installed. Make sure your city water to the house is not leaking underground.

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And, make sure that sprinkler system supply is shut off.
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