Sump pump water level

Old 08-05-04, 06:40 AM
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Sump pump water level

I just purchased a home that was empty for two years with no power to the sump pump which led to water being in the basement. When the power was turned on the pump started right up and pumped everything out, and then I replaced the pump with a 3/4 HP one.

The water level was above the black drain pipes that are in the sump hole and the sump pump wasn't kicking on until after the water level went higher than the pipes. This meant that I never got all of the water out of the pipes, and so when it rained it flooded again.

I taped the float up so that all the water would get out of the pipes, but then noticed water was also coming into the pit from the side, where there is no pipe. That corner of the house had a clogged gutter (which was fixed) so the ground was soaked in that area.

I let the pump continue to run, but 3 days later there was still water coming in through the side, not a gush, but a small steady flow. Is this normal???

I want to set the float so that when the water level reaches the pipes the pump kicks on. But I am concerned about the water coming in from the sides. Should I be?

What is the proper hight that should switch the pump on?

I want to be sure no more water comes in. Its been a heck of a rainy season in the North east!

Please help!
Old 08-07-04, 03:46 AM
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You may have a high water table or it may be that the ground is just too saturated. With all the rain, it will be running allot.

Your manual should tell you what needs to be set and how to do it.

If water is coming in from the sides where no pipe is located, it just tells me that you have allot of ground water to contend with.

One thought, add an emergency Sump Pump Back Up - Water Powered just in case power goes out, you still can take care of business.

Hope this helps!

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