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snowflake1
live in a high water table area

House is 2 years old. Live in a high water table area. Except for summer, we have a steady flow of water. Sump pump goes on every 2 minutes 24/7.The sump pump is down in the basement. Any suggestions on how to alleviate this problem?

snowflake1
Re: live in a high water table area

House is 2 years old. Live in a high water table area. Except for summer, we have a steady flow of water. Sump pump goes on every 2 minutes 24/7.The sump pump is down in the basement. Any suggestions on how to alleviate this problem?

canuk
Re: live in a high water table area

snowflake ..... it sounds like the sump pump is doing it's duty.

It's difficult to say .... in cases homes may have been built on a previous low lying area .... soil brought in to raise the groung level to build on.

It may just be the geographical area you're at ... not much you can do short of moving.

One thing is you might invest in another pump to have on hand when the orignal one burns out.

canuk
Re: live in a high water table area

DB ... good point about the check valve.

misfitter
Re: live in a high water table area

I should ask the question "Why is the sump pump pumping out the ground water?" Isn't the sump pump used for only the drain pipes attachached to the collection barrel the pump sits in? Why isn't the sump just pumping out only the house drain pipe then connected to the sewer main? I think that is the real problem. The sump pump should only be pumping out the house water and not the ground water.

Along with the check valve, check to make sure there is a 1/4" weep hole drilled into the drain pipe 3-5" above the pump itself and then the check should be within another 10'14" of either the pump or the weep hole (doesn't matter which one). Check out Little Giant and download the spec sheet to see how this model is installed. Yours should be similar. Process of elimanation. Good luck.

canuk
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directing its discharge far and away to a different place, as it sounds as though you may have a continuous loop where the water being discharged is finding its way back down to the foundation, back into the drain tile and into your sump pit to be pumped again

Yep ... good point.
If the discharge pipe outside drains right outside the foundation then you would need to extend it. You can purchase a hose to direct the discharge away from the house like it should.

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