underground spring

Old 05-20-03, 06:24 PM
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underground spring

My sump pump runs about every 10 minutes during wet season, and about every 45 minutes to an hour when it's been dry for a while. Reading the sump pump manual, I calculated between 150 and 350 gallons per hour pumping from my sump hole. I found out after a while from a neighbor that there is an underground spring below the house feeding into it. I have no storm sewers to discharge into so it just goes in the backyard into a field about 4 feet lower than the house. All of this water is causing mosquito problems and the field cannot be mowed. A neighbor tried helping and dug an 11 foot deep "french drain", filled with crushed limestone, down past the clay layer and into the sand below. There is still too much water for this to handle. My question is if it's possible to locate the source of the water coming into the sump crock and "cap" the spring or source off? Any help would be appreciated.
Old 05-21-03, 11:43 AM
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Time to have someone local look at this and go from there. I am not sure what could be done but professional advice on site is needed unless someone else on the forum has some ideas.

Hope you ca resolve this!
Old 05-21-03, 01:18 PM
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I'm by no means an expert, but you can bet that water always wins.
That underground water could be moving to and from places you'd never expect, because there's no real way of knowing what's underground. Plus that could change at any time based on many different factors like soil compression, saturation, grade, etc. Only realistic thing you can do is make sure you have a good grade around the entire perimiter of your house. Check the swails around there. Perhaps you have some uneven swail grade that's preventing the water from moving across the 'surface'. Who knows. I have a relative with a similiar situation that just won't get better. His only solution was to make sure he's got a backup and a spare pump for when his main one burns out.

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