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  1. Building & Construction
    Hi, A contractor who is installing my sump pomp wants to use 4" gravel under and one (1) foot around the sump pump basin! Isn't this a lot for a sump pump? He also wants to use filter fabric under the gravel. I don't get much water ( recently after correction of gutters NONE) in my...
  2. Building & Construction
    Hi, I am just hiring a person to help me install sump pump kit. I will be installing this to correct the underground water coming from beneath the footing and getting saturated in the lowest corner of my crawlspace. So there won't be any corregated pipes attaching to the side of the basin...
  3. Plumbing
    I have purchased a battery powered back-up sump pump for my sump pit (Basement Watchdog BWE), but was curious about installation. The current discharge pipe goes to a 90 immediately after the lid, check-valve on the way over to the wall, another 90 up the wall, and another 90 that leads...
  4. Plumbing
    This is a long story...and no, it's not about a problem with the sump pump. The house was built with the basement below the water table, so the sump pump has to work continuously to keep the water out. The house sits on a low spot in the area where the houses behind it (for blocks and blocks)...
  5. Plumbing
    I'm looking to change up my sump pump discharge, from just shooting out of the foundation, to coming out of the foundation(1 1/2" PVC), to a 90 degree, and affixing a length of PVC to the foundation, at a downward angle to carry it away from the basement. The question is: I'm in Maine...so I'm...
  6. Plumbing
    I desperately need some pro advice - I have a very unique situation - please read all. Questions: 1 - Will ball valve on sump pump discharge put too much strain and break or shorten lifespan on the unit? 2 - Will ball valve throttle the flow too much for a 1/3 HP pump to get the waste up a...
  7. Plumbing
    Can a municipality determine if a sump pump discharge is connected to a sanitary sewer? If yes, how? Via a smoke test? How would the smoke get past a check valve? The reason for the question, my sister bought a house, and one of the two pumps in connected to the sanitary sewer. The...
  8. Plumbing
    We recently moved into a new home, and unlike our other homes, this one has a sump pump. From the previous owner, we had heard that his home, as well as others in the area, are particularly prone to flooding due to the high water table, and the Wisconsin river rising during the "wet season". The...
  9. New Member Introductions
    Can any professional provide me some good insight on a brand and model they recommend for a water-powered backup sump pump. The brands that I have come across are A.Y. McDonald Guardian, Basepump HB1000, Liberty Pumps SJ10, the Zoeller 503 and the TaneCorp Water Commander MG22. I am leaning...
  10. Plumbing
    I am finishing my basement bathroom and it requires a sewage ejector pump. My builder ran two pipes in the closet where the pump basin is located - one for the drain and one for the vent. But he didn't label either pipe. How do I determine which is for the drain and vent? I guess if I cut open...
  11. Plumbing
    Hey everyone. I recently bought an old house with a stone foundation and we have some problems with water in the basement when it rains. I have been working to fix some grading issues outside and I'm also going to put gutters on the house to get the rain water away from the foundation. There...
  12. Plumbing
    Hi All, We are in the process of building our first house with a basement. I talked with one of the city engineers, and he stated that the area did not have any water table issues, but that the Storm Sewer height is higher than the basement drainage tiles, so they are routing that to a Sump...
  13. Plumbing
    I replaced the sump pump in my septic tank about 2 years ago. It rained real heavy a week ago and there was water standing outside around the tank. The pump seemed to be running. The pipe was vibrating as if water was flowing through it, but the tank would not empty. It has been dry for a...
  14. Plumbing
    I have a sump pump with a silent check valve. Despite this there is still a loud thud/knocking noise every time it goes in. I've tried replacing the valve and also drilled a small hole in the line by the pump to release air. Still hasn't helped. The rise is about 10 ft from pit bottom to...
  15. Plumbing
    Hello experts! Previous Owner set up sump pump with battery backup pump. There are a lot of cables: AC, batter power, backup switch, backup sensor. There's a lot of slack in most of these cables. For some reason, PO put most of this slack inside the pump. That made a rat's nest of cable...
  16. Plumbing
    I have a tri-level home, and a secondary sump pit in the garage, under the staircase that takes you from the lowest level of the house out to the garage. The pit is seldom ever used, only on heavy rain. Stagnant enough that mosquitoes are into it, and it is starting to smell. Anything I can...
  17. Plumbing
    My young kids got horns waggled...they bought a house with pool in back and concrete around pool funnels into area covered by deck U shaped. The basement window is in the back of u...when it rains hard..water arches over this window into house...That area under deck is 1 foot deep...cannot...
  18. Plumbing
    Hi guys, I'm new to the forum. I would like to see if I can get any help before I start helping myself seeing as I am an electrician. But this is a plumbing question. The wife and I just recently bought a new home. It's raining quite heavily tonight and the sump pump in my basement is kicking...
  19. Plumbing
    Hi, I recently bought a home in Watseka Illinois. My lovely home is in a FEMA floodplain. :vs_worry: Sugar Creek is 100 yards away and floods my home when we receive more than 6" or more of rain. Recently (12/30/15) my home was surrounded with 4 ft of water along with everyone in a square mile...
  20. Plumbing
    I have installed a battery backup sump pump for peace of mind should my primary pump go out. We are leaving the country for a few weeks starting tomorrow, and I wanted a backup solution in place. I've attached a drawing of how I installed it. I have two primary concerns/questions. 1. After...
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