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BV003902

10:41PM | 04/14/14
Bvbasement
Hi Bob,

I have a home that is about 5 years old in an existing neighborhood of 1950's homes. This home had zero water issues with the basement the first year. I have since determined that I am located potentially in a high water table area?

Then from year # 2 to year #5 the problem has increased.

My unfinished basement was built 9 feet tall, it has a sump pit and a ejection pit for an Unused prepped basement bath that is currently stubbed and capped until future basement finishing.

The basement when being installed has a small water problem with being built on top of an underground spring, exactly under the ejection pit and sump pump corner.

The ejection pit is constantly filling up with water from over the edge of the bucket and running back into the pit. So much water that it was overflowing and running into the sump pump pit about one foot away instead of flooding my basement.

I had a plumber come and install a sump pump in the ejection pit bucket. Now the water still comes over the edges and runs into the pit, then pumps out probably one or twice per MINUTE of each day. During the months of October thru February there is nothing, no water coming in at all.

Is there anything I can do, someone mentioned dewatering the lot, but they were not sure how to do it. I was recently diagnosed with bleeding ulcers and I know it is due to this water issue. I worry about it all the time. I am halfway tempted to sell and move one, but I do not think my house will sell with this problem. We have a hung sewer, we do have a water pressure back up on the regular sump pump pit. But the noise, thumping of the pumps, trickling noise of the water are very troublesome to continue.

People that come to my home are all buffalo'd by the problem and nobody can come up with a solution. Can I cement off the ejection pit and simply never use the basement bath preps? Or, move the ejection pit, them cement the space over? I know this sounds clueless, but I need some help as the professionals I have had over simply shake their heads and have no ideas.

BV009614

11:41AM | 11/27/15
I have the same problem. It baffled me for a long time. I discovered the ejector pit was filling with ground water that was entering along the underside of the pipe that is for a future bathroom. During rain events, the ejector pit is actually serving as a sump long before the rainwater goes into the drain tiles to get pumped out by the sump. In heavy rains, my ejector will run twice a minute for a couple hours, then the sump will also kick in to pump out the water entering from the drain tiles. At that point, both pumps will work in unison until the rain stops. Then the sump pit pump will eventually stop running after no more water is coming in from the drain tiles, but the ejector pit pump will continue running for days pumping out ground water. There is constantly a trickle of ground water going in there even when it's dry outside. I'm assuming this happens because I'm on a high water table with a 9 foot deep basement. As an experiment, I sealed the future bathroom's pipe where it enters the ejector pit with some plumber's putty to see what happens. The ejector pit then stopped filling with ground water. However, the next heavy rain, water was coming into the sump pit via the drain tiles with such force that the sump pump couldn't keep up and I almost flooded the basement. When this happened, I removed the plumber's putty from the future bath's pipe that goes into the ejector pit. Doing this allowed ground water to begin flowing into the ejector pit again and alleviated the force of the flow going into the sump pit back to normal. To temporarily solve the problem, I pulled the ejector pump and replaced it with a high capacity sump. That's about all I could think of doing because the ejector pit is apparently actually serving as my primary sump pit. It's working out fine for now. However, if I ever do put a bath in and have to use the ejector pit for what it is designed for (pumping sewage) this will become a major problem because effluent ejector pumps are not designed to cycle as frequently as sump pumps and they will wear out about every 6 months. I have to this day not been able to find anyone who can tell me how to correctly solve this problem.

BV009615

11:42AM | 11/27/15
I have the same problem. It baffled me for a long time. I discovered the ejector pit was filling with ground water that was entering along the underside of the pipe that is for a future bathroom. During rain events, the ejector pit is actually serving as a sump long before the rainwater goes into the drain tiles to get pumped out by the sump. In heavy rains, my ejector will run twice a minute for a couple hours, then the sump will also kick in to pump out the water entering from the drain tiles. At that point, both pumps will work in unison until the rain stops. Then the sump pit pump will eventually stop running after no more water is coming in from the drain tiles, but the ejector pit pump will continue running for days pumping out ground water. There is constantly a trickle of ground water going in there even when it's dry outside. I'm assuming this happens because I'm on a high water table with a 9 foot deep basement. As an experiment, I sealed the future bathroom's pipe where it enters the ejector pit with some plumber's putty to see what happens. The ejector pit then stopped filling with ground water. However, the next heavy rain, water was coming into the sump pit via the drain tiles with such force that the sump pump couldn't keep up and I almost flooded the basement. When this happened, I removed the plumber's putty from the future bath's pipe that goes into the ejector pit. Doing this allowed ground water to begin flowing into the ejector pit again and alleviated the force of the flow going into the sump pit back to normal. To temporarily solve the problem, I pulled the ejector pump and replaced it with a high capacity sump. That's about all I could think of doing because the ejector pit is apparently actually serving as my primary sump pit. It's working out fine for now. However, if I ever do put a bath in and have to use the ejector pit for what it is designed for (pumping sewage) this will become a major problem because effluent ejector pumps are not designed to cycle as frequently as sump pumps and they will wear out about every 6 months. I have to this day not been able to find anyone who can tell me how to correctly solve this problem.

BV009616

11:42AM | 11/27/15
I have the same problem. It baffled me for a long time. I discovered the ejector pit was filling with ground water that was entering along the underside of the pipe that is for a future bathroom. During rain events, the ejector pit is actually serving as a sump long before the rainwater goes into the drain tiles to get pumped out by the sump. In heavy rains, my ejector will run twice a minute for a couple hours, then the sump will also kick in to pump out the water entering from the drain tiles. At that point, both pumps will work in unison until the rain stops. Then the sump pit pump will eventually stop running after no more water is coming in from the drain tiles, but the ejector pit pump will continue running for days pumping out ground water. There is constantly a trickle of ground water going in there even when it's dry outside. I'm assuming this happens because I'm on a high water table with a 9 foot deep basement. As an experiment, I sealed the future bathroom's pipe where it enters the ejector pit with some plumber's putty to see what happens. The ejector pit then stopped filling with ground water. However, the next heavy rain, water was coming into the sump pit via the drain tiles with such force that the sump pump couldn't keep up and I almost flooded the basement. When this happened, I removed the plumber's putty from the future bath's pipe that goes into the ejector pit. Doing this allowed ground water to begin flowing into the ejector pit again and alleviated the force of the flow going into the sump pit back to normal. To temporarily solve the problem, I pulled the ejector pump and replaced it with a high capacity sump. That's about all I could think of doing because the ejector pit is apparently actually serving as my primary sump pit. It's working out fine for now. However, if I ever do put a bath in and have to use the ejector pit for what it is designed for (pumping sewage) this will become a major problem because effluent ejector pumps are not designed to cycle as frequently as sump pumps and they will wear out about every 6 months. I have to this day not been able to find anyone who can tell me how to correctly solve this problem.

BV009617

11:43AM | 11/27/15
I have the same problem. It baffled me for a long time. I discovered the ejector pit was filling with ground water that was entering along the underside of the pipe that is for a future bathroom. During rain events, the ejector pit is actually serving as a sump long before the rainwater goes into the drain tiles to get pumped out by the sump. In heavy rains, my ejector will run twice a minute for a couple hours, then the sump will also kick in to pump out the water entering from the drain tiles. At that point, both pumps will work in unison until the rain stops. Then the sump pit pump will eventually stop running after no more water is coming in from the drain tiles, but the ejector pit pump will continue running for days pumping out ground water. There is constantly a trickle of ground water going in there even when it's dry outside. I'm assuming this happens because I'm on a high water table with a 9 foot deep basement. As an experiment, I sealed the future bathroom's pipe where it enters the ejector pit with some plumber's putty to see what happens. The ejector pit then stopped filling with ground water. However, the next heavy rain, water was coming into the sump pit via the drain tiles with such force that the sump pump couldn't keep up and I almost flooded the basement. When this happened, I removed the plumber's putty from the future bath's pipe that goes into the ejector pit. Doing this allowed ground water to begin flowing into the ejector pit again and alleviated the force of the flow going into the sump pit back to normal. To temporarily solve the problem, I pulled the ejector pump and replaced it with a high capacity sump. That's about all I could think of doing because the ejector pit is apparently actually serving as my primary sump pit. It's working out fine for now. However, if I ever do put a bath in and have to use the ejector pit for what it is designed for (pumping sewage) this will become a major problem because effluent ejector pumps are not designed to cycle as frequently as sump pumps and they will wear out about every 6 months. I have to this day not been able to find anyone who can tell me how to correctly solve this problem.
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