03:46AM | 02/24/03
Member Since: 02/23/03
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We just had about 3 feet of snow last week and 2 inches of rain on this past Saturday. It occurred to me to go down to check on the sump pump, just to make sure. Well there was about 2inches of water in the basement! The sump had failed to come on. I checked the electrical connection and jiggled the plug and the pump came on and worked fine from that point on.
My question is that the pump has been cycling normally since then but water is still pouring in a a pretty good rate. The pump is running about once a minute still. With all of the melting snow and rain should i be concerned that the water is still draining in so rapidly? Do I possibly have another problem?


05:12AM | 02/24/03
Member Since: 12/30/02
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I don't think you have a problem right now but I would keep an eye on the pump.If it's old it could burn out during this heavy use period.With that much rain and snowmelt the pump is probably going to be running contiuously.As to why it did not come on'it could have had something stuck in it's intake or more likely the float was stuck. This may happen again so all the more reason to check when you get up each morning and before you go to bed.


05:45AM | 02/24/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
264 lifetime posts
No, it doesn't sound like a problem other than too much rain. If you have a sump pump already, you're in an area where groundwater is a problem, and weather like we've recently had around here (assuming you're in New England like me, with 30" of snow and many inches of rain this past weekend) is only going to exacerbate the problem. Knowing that, you might want to look into having the pump serviced or replaced as insurance. If water is pouring in at the rate you report, and your pump is cycling that often, you might even ask you local experts about going to two pumps that can cycle on and off, opposite each other, such that no one pump burns out too soon due to over-use. That way, if one did have a problem in torrential rains while you're not there, the other might at least keep up with things.

[This message has been edited by treebeard (edited February 24, 2003).]


05:48AM | 02/24/03
Member Since: 02/23/03
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Thanks that is a good idea. I was looking into DC battery backup pumps as well.
I guess its been so dry since we moved into this house in 1999, this is really the first time the ground has actually been saturated.


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