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abrego1980
sump pump/iron ore/ drain tiles
abrego1980

Recently purchased our home with a basement. Unaware of high water table. Not disclosed in disclosures of home. Water continually entering the sump pump pit causing for pump to kick on at least 3-4 within a 5 minute span. Also, discovered that there is iron ore present in the drain tiles. What type of pump should I use or what does one do with this type of situation. Do not want the basement to flood.

dgrantdoherty
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dgrantdoherty
abrego1980 wrote:

Recently purchased our home with a basement. Unaware of high water table. Not disclosed in disclosures of home. Water continually entering the sump pump pit causing for pump to kick on at least 3-4 within a 5 minute span. Also, discovered that there is iron ore present in the drain tiles. What type of pump should I use or what does one do with this type of situation. Do not want the basement to flood.

Where are you located. Are you saying there is iron because of the redness of the sediment? It may just be clay. You probably need to upgrade your unit you a higher gpm. Without knowing what you have, it is hard to determine what you need. A high water table is nothing to worry about as long as you take the preventative measures

abrego1980
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abrego1980
dgrantdoherty wrote:

Where are you located. Are you saying there is iron because of the redness of the sediment? It may just be clay. You probably need to upgrade your unit you a higher gpm. Without knowing what you have, it is hard to determine what you need. A high water table is nothing to worry about as long as you take the preventative measures

Hi, located in northwest Indiana. I had Nova (basement waterproofing company) come out to inspect the sump pump. He said one of my drain tiles that leads to the pit is full of this iron okre. He said it was a bacteria that does not harm us but could potentially cause water to seep in if we don't get it jetted. My concern is that this water that is coming in thru the unclogged drain tile is constant due to the high water table, It's like a hose was left on, I kid you not. I'm worried about flooding. I would like to know what my options are to remedy this. Thanks for you time:rolleyes:

bill
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bill

I have heard of this condition before. here is something fore you to follow up on

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How Iron Bacteria can Clog Basement Waterproofing Systems
I’m going to solve a mystery for you.

Many homeowners in the Chicagoland area have found orange stains on their basement floor or found a slimy orange/brown sludge in the bottom of their sump basin. Most have no idea what causes it. Some have chalked it up to rust in old plumbing or the chemically impossible “rusty water.” It’s neither.

Let me introduce you to Leptothrix, Clonothrix and Gallionella. Nope, not the Three Musketeers. These hard-to-pronounce names represent three common strands of iron bacteria – the real culprit in the situations above.

Iron bacteria, and there are many, many varieties, are bacteria that live all around us and, when present in water, oxidize iron in order to survive and grow. When the iron, present in a dissolved state, is oxidized the resulting by-product is ferrous oxide, which won’t dissolve in water and creates the slime and discoloration.

The good news is that iron bacteria aren’t harmful. At worst, they can create a musty smell and a metallic taste in water. They are, however, a real danger to basement waterproofing systems.

How Did I get Iron Bacteria in my Home?
Well, don’t worry; you didn’t track it in on your shoes. Iron bacteria are most commonly found in soil and they easily move from soil into ground water. If the bacteria are not native to the soil around your home, there are a number of ways they can get into your water. They may have come from:

abrego1980
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abrego1980

Thanks Bill. I still would like to know how to live with this issue. I have heard from my neighbor that the previous owners of this house would go through sump pumps like crazy due to the constant running of the water into the sump pump pit

bill
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bill

how to live with this issue, I once had a customer with this type of problem.It was so bad that if the power went out for 20 minutes his basement flooded . He has deadly afraid of getting flooded. we installed several pumps, and a back up generator. I would suggest that you install at least two or more zoeller mighty mate cast iron sump pumps at different levels in your pitt. Also re do your pitt to a much bigger size to accommodate these extra pumps and so that the run time to empty is much longer. pumps do not like to start and stop every five minutes or less . I really like cast iron submersible sump pumps as the water keeps the motor very cool and therefore do not burn out as quickly.

Bill

http://www.zoellerpumps.com/en-na/product/89-50-series

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