I have an old house, built 1940, and for some reason they put the plastic french drains from the yard to drain into a pit in the basement. I have a sump pump that cycles on and off several times a day because of water constantly coming in through the drains. I do not know where the drains originate, but believe they are underground outside.My pump has burned out several times over the past 7 years, the last time resulting in flooding in the basement. Has anyone ever heard of this. I had one contractor look at it and said that there is a possibility that the water table may be dumping water into these drains. The only time I've never had any water coming out was when our area had a drought. I am trying to find ways to stop the water all together. I am also talking to a landscape contractor to alleviate the excess yard water. Cold the ground be so oversaturated that is continues to dump water down the drains? I need to fix this problem, especially with the fear of another flooded basement.