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08:04PM | 09/23/06
Member Since: 09/22/06
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Hello, I am new home owner and this things happend during Ernest hit our area in early september. We were out of power that day for 5 hours and it was raining heavily. When power came back sump pump failed and my basement got flooded. We have called the plumber to get the sump pump fixed and since then it's been running every two min. I notice water keep coming into the hole and this month my water bill was three times from its regular usage. Could you please suggest me what will be the major problem. Do I need to call the same plumber who replace the sump pump or Does it has some new problem with water leakage. I also have an HMS insurance for appliance, heating/cooling, and plumbing. Please guide me.



08:26PM | 09/23/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Other than a high water table there are 3 things that can cause a sump pump to rum all of the time.

1. No check valve - It will pump water up into the discharge pipe, but when the pump stops most of it will come back down the pipe immediately. You can see this if you watch the water level in the sump pit and see if comes up immediately after it stops.

2. The sump pump does not discharge far from the house so that the water goes on to the ground next to the house and runs back into the basement.

When the pump was replaced either of those problems might have been introduced.

3. The water supply is leaking.

And this is a good possibility if you said that the water usage has increased 3 times.

You might all a combination of all 3.

Some you have somekind of home maintaince insurance give them a call.

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