I'm a new homeowner, so some of these possible "little things" worry me a lot.
When we first moved in 1.5 years ago, our Sump Pump well was bone dry. It remained so for nearly an entire year. Then this Spring, we noticed that our sump pump well was constantly filling with water, and was kicking on the pump every day or two.
This quickly became a problem, as our back yard and brick walkway was constantly full of standing water. Our discharge hose runs about 15 feet outside of our house, but due to our flat yard, water pools quickly (and deeply!)
We first thought that this water was due to some gardening we did in the back yard. We tilled up a 15' x 4' area just outside of our house and added some peat and topsoil for a garden. Before, this area had only 3 tomato plants and was covered by that black ground cloth under the mulch, and the soil had a LOT of clay. We though that by tilling up the ground and adding looser soil, we allowed water to more easily flow through the ground and into our sump pump well.
I eventually got a 30' sump pump hose extension and ran the water out past my yard and far away from our house in order to keep my yard dry. This worked well, but it is now nearly December, and I live in Illinois. We haven't had rain in a long time, yet our well is STILL filling with water and kicking the pump on every other day. I've been forced to remove my sump pump extension due to freezing weather.
What could be causing this much water to fill my sump pump well, even in the winter? I don't notice any neighbors with sump pumps running this often.
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