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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi all, Hoping someone can help me understand how our house was built and what we can do to mitigate water. House was built in the 80s, upstate NY. Clearly it's a floating slab: avg .5" gap around entire perimeter with old, rotted felt slab is about 6" deep sitting on top of plastic which...
  2. 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...
  3. Plumbing
    I'll try to keep this short. We have a ground floor kitchen with sink/dishwasher. Directly below that is a basement shower/toilet/sink. These rooms are on the "Uphill" side of the house where the sewer leaves the property. There is a vent in the roof directly above all of this. A couple times...
  4. Plumbing
    Hi, can any one please explain what pen drain pipe is? I have two pipes going into sump in my basement. One is Radon and another is Pen drain. I couldn't get any information about pen drain pipe in internet. Please see the attachment for the photo.
  5. 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...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    So I bought a 100 year old house up in Maine. It has a tiny 11x13 full basement and on each side of that there is a crawl space. Outside walls are field stone until it hits grade then it is brick and inside to crawlspace walls are brick. The outside walls let in a lot of water when it rains Due...
  7. Plumbing
    Hello - we need to update our sump pump, so had a contractor come and take a look. He noted that the water level in the sump is well about the drain tile inputs by the time the pump kicks in. When the pump triggers and the level goes below those inputs, the flow into the sump is substantial...
  8. Plumbing
    Hello all, thanks for looking and reading. Here's the problem; There was a waterproofing job done in the basement before I bought the place. Trouble is, that in doing so, they moved the sump pump and well hole into a corner of the basement, but which is not the lowest part of the floor...
  9. Plumbing
    I need someone to tell me the RIGHT way to install a sump pump liner. I have hydrostatic pressure bleeds in my basement floor and live on a high water table city lot. Did a lot of research on line and dug a hole in floor for a sump pit. Now it's time to either dig 12 inches deeper, or set my...
  10. General DIY Discussions
    I have my rainwater feeding into a sump rather than a pipe to the street and have experienced a lot of issues with damp. Should I be able to see water in the down pipe drains? Is there a need to have the sump periodically pumped out?
  11. Plumbing
    So I have these plans to build a sump pit drain field, about 30' long. I'm in Manitoba, though, and have freezing concerns. I know my septic field is shallow in the 3' deep area. Manitoba government says septic drain fields are to be 3.25' max depth. However, there won't be any septic bacteria...
  12. Plumbing
    I have two pumps in my basement. It's been raining light for the last few days and one pump comes on every 30-45 seconds. It runs for less than 5 seconds then shuts off with a bang. I figure the bang is the check valve shutting. I can feel it slam shut. If the cost isn't much I'll probably...
  13. Plumbing
    In my basement, I currently have a Washing machine and dryer. In the same room, there is a small hole that my water system sometimes drains into [image available here]. The problem is that sometimes this hole backs up and I end up with water on the floor (up to about an inch). This has not been...
  14. Building & Construction
    Hi all! I’m contemplating some projects for my unfinished, unconditioned basement and would appreciate any suggestions or guidance. See the attached images. The foundation is laid block, some interior block walls have an unknown white painted finish and some have an unknown stucco type finish...
  15. Plumbing
    hi, i have two questions. I have small pit which is 18' in diameter at top and tapers down a bit. There is some space left after installing sump pump. i wanna put backup sump pump in it. It has sump pump from Sta-Rite 1/3HP pump model : DC233110V with vertcal switch from SJE Verticalmaster...
  16. Plumbing
    The drain for my sump pit goes from my basement through the concrete slab in my back "yard" (i live in a city row home). Here is a picture of it. I'm sure at one point it was more elaborate but maybe someone accidentally broke it off. Anyway, I've had a cap on it so nothing got in it, but...
  17. Plumbing
    The sump pit in the basement of the house we bought was connected directly to the sewer line, which we recently discovered was a code violation. We disconnected that pipe, and there are two other existing lines out, one to the backyard and one that outlets by the sidewalk in front. It hasn't...
  18. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hello, So here's the scenario: We have a very flat lot in a "marshy" neighborhood. We're on a 2 block crawl (read: very tight and no fun to be in) and our soil is clay all the way. I was going to have my entire crawlspace encapsulated and still may at some point, but finances don't allow for...
  19. Plumbing
    I have an ejector pump that won't shut off sometimes. So my questions is, the switch that turns the pump on/off, is it a part that can be replaced or is it attached to the pump? I notice two cords coming out of the pit which leads me to believe that its a separate part. Also, is it the same...
  20. Plumbing
    I'm struggling with a wet basement and need to verify if my sump pump is kicking on and off at the correct water height, or if changing it will help. I have a crudely dug sump hole with PVC basin, submersible pump and tethered switch. There is gravel in the bottom of my PVC basin upon which...
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