04:20PM | 08/31/04
Member Since: 02/28/03
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I have 2 sump pits in my basement. I have never had water in the basement, but did have damp walls and wet cinder blocks.

One sump pit had about 2" of water in it, the other was bone dry

It rained hard about a week ago, both sump pits filled up (no water in the basement though) and both pumps pumped water out about every 3 minutes. That has gone on now constantly for 5 days.

It only rained for an afternoon, we got about 4", it's been dry and warm the last 4 days and both pumps still run every 3 mintues all day, every day.

Why would this be ? It's almost as if my house is now sitting on a lake or the sump pits have tapped a ground well or something.

Any help, advice or comments would be great.



01:23PM | 09/01/04
Member Since: 12/09/03
175 lifetime posts
I take it this sump pump thing is new to you. This thing is normal. The ground water table is high right now,with all that rain. The sumps sound to me like they're small[3 minute cycling] two pumps tell me you'll be living with seasonal groundwater. If theres any prologned period of dry weather[10 days or more the water will recede in the sumps. I don't know where you live but I'll bet you'll be pumping over the winter & spring. Let me know if I can help more. C.


03:49PM | 09/01/04
Member Since: 02/28/03
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Thanks so much for getting back to me.

Your'e right the sump thing is brand new to me. I would never dream that the water table is that high for that long. That means there has been that much water under my basement every time it rains for the last 6 years. That's incredible, I guess I thought it would drain away after a day or two, I can't believe it takes like 10 days of dry weather to slow. Oh well, I guess I feel better that something is not wrong, but now I'm worried about the cost of running these pumps all the time where the water is gonna go . . .

Are their any other steps I should be taking to protect my basement, I'd like to refinish it, but now I gotta wonder since it seems I'm sitting on a lake every time it rains.

Thanks again for helping


07:07PM | 09/01/04
Member Since: 12/09/03
175 lifetime posts
You've got to respect the water if you're planning to finish the basement. Too many people take their sump pumps for granted, it is mechanical and they fail. I've pumped out finished basements rugs,furniture,tv sets gone.It's good that you have 2 pumps! If one dies the other can take over.I've answered many other sump pump replies in the past. Most in basements&attics a few in plumbing and Fixit Forum. Let me know if I can help more C.
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