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BV011136

10:11AM | 04/04/16
The water continues to fill my crock. It never stops even when condition are dry. I have my submersible pump so it empties as soon as the level reaches the bottom of 4 inch pipe that the water is coming out of. This cause the pump to go off every minute. My question is what if I put a brick under the pump so the pump doesn't activate until the water in the inlet pipe is almost at the top of the 4 inch inlet. this I know will slow down the amount of time between cycles, but is it okay to let this amount of water to sit in the drain tiles before emptying ?

BV011140

02:15PM | 04/04/16
It may work, as long as flow doesn't increase and overtop the crock. If the pump is compatible, try to get one of those switches that let you set your own height. If not, I'd replace the pump with one that has a longer float switch setting. Just make sure it is powerful enough to catch up in case a heavy downpour came while it was already doing this. Some of the Ion Storm Pro and other pumps can do this with the plug-in switch. They also pump as much or more than most in their rating capacity, yet use half of the electricity. Do you have a backup pump and backup battery system for power failure? Sounds like you have an aquifer nearby or under the house. Where's the water coming from?

Look into SEC America's Pump Sentry.

BV011136

03:08PM | 04/04/16
I have a battery back up plus a backup pump and also if my power goes out my land line calls my cell phone and tells me I lost power. So I'm pretty well covered. when I first bought the house it sat empty for 5 months before I moved in. One time I came over to check on the house and I noticed the pump wasn't working. the crock was 3/4 full but didn't overflow. I went and bought a new double Wayne submersible pump and installed it without it overflowing. when started pump up it ran about 15 min. before it emptied the crock so I know it can hold alot of water, I just don't know if that's okay for the tiles to hold that much or is it going to hurt my foundation or not.


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