02:20PM | 06/27/03
Member Since: 06/26/03
1 lifetime posts
I live in a 1955 brick Rambler with a sump pump in the basement storage area, which have not given me any problems since I moved in 3 years ago. Recently we noticed that the pump was not working because the concrete floor which has tile, started to get humid, wet (like moping a floor). We noticed the pump wasn't on, but plugged in. When we would touch it, it comes on. So, we took it out and cleaned the rust build-up and placed it back and no problems after that, and the floor started to clear again. Now, the floor is starting to get humid and wet again. Any idea what's going on?

G Crawl


08:07AM | 07/05/03
Member Since: 04/26/03
9 lifetime posts
Probably just a bad float assembly.
Mine stopped working last fall (came down to a basement with 7 inches of water in it).

I hit the pump with a stick and it started pumping, but after that, I found water filling the french drain until I hit the pump again at which point it pumped again. It sometimes stuck and sometimes worked.

I just decided to be safe and get a new pump, as I have no idea how old the existing pump was (it was in the house when I bought it).

Some pumps you can just get a new float assembly, others you can't replace them.

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