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Old March 22nd, 2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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So my sump went out 3 months ago. It's been seized up in the crock. And just humming my electric bill to about 350$ for the last 3 months.
A few months back I herd it humming when I was in the basement. It's less than 2 years old. It's a ridged 1/2hp
So I pulled it out, gave it a little love tap from my dead blow and waalaa.. She was pumping again.. I figured it was a rock.
So a few months go buy in the meantime I've forgot all about it. My electric bill goes through the roof..

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My walk out basement slab I about 8" above the water level of the swamp that Is about 40 yards from ware my sump pump is.
When I drop my sump to the bottom of the crock it is about 10" below the top of the water in the swamp.
I know that the swamp water is pushing to my drain tile and I'm just pumping it back out.
So I put a brick in my crock, shortened the PVC to fit. Now the tip of my sump is at the top of the water when my crock is full. ( full to roughly the same level as the swamp water)
It would take a lot of rain to Floyd my basement.
Main thing I'm hoping is to run the pump less saving power.
Will doing that have any negative effect on my foundation?

When my pump empties to the level I have it at now it is still 12" below my floor.
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 06:04 PM   #2
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I've also spoke with ferguson, Pete black plumbing and Depot and no one has any cons on doing it but they had never herd of it being done also..
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I have a similiar issue with my basement but it has yet to Floyd. I also use Ridgid.
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Kind of hard to do when the swamp has been Floyded with water.
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I use a grinder pump for my swamp in the basement so it doeaent fyloyed
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I personally would change it to a zoellher pump which is the best in the industry . i would also add in the water powered back up just in case the power goes out.

Is the water in the crock below the inlet pipes. a pic would be great. the only problem i could see would be the drain and weep tile system being filled with standing water.
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Also does the discharge tube run out through the bond and discharge directly next to the foundation. you could help this by running the pipe to a dry well away from the home.
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After pump runs water is about 6" below drain pipes.
My pipe goes up through wall and out about 35' then turns farther away from my house about another 25'
Drains close to swamp.
And yes swamp is floyded with water
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After pump runs water is about 6" below drain pipes.
My pipe goes up through wall and out about 35' then turns farther away from my house about another 25'
Drains close to swamp.
And yes swamp is floyded with water

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I've also spoke with ferguson, Pete black plumbing and Depot and no one has any cons on doing it but they had never herd of it being done also..
Pretty common actually. Just keep an eye out for water pushing up through cracks in your floor. I'd also recommend a better pump when the Ridgid fails. Zoeller or Hytic are much better. Maybe a back up pump too if your basement is finished.
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Basement will be finished this year. No cracks in floor. And my basement stays dry so I would know pretty fast if there was an issue.
Depot would not warranty my pump that is less than 2 years old on a 3 year warranty because I had no receipt. I was told they could look it up by the credit car and they said only 3 mo back. So I bought another pump. And in 6 mo I'm gona go back with the old pump and the new receipt and warranty it then so I have a back up.
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A water or battery powered back up is great piece of mind when you finish the basement. I prefer the water powered ones, and only use the battery pump if the house uses a well.
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A water or battery powered back up is great piece of mind when you finish the basement. I prefer the water powered ones, and only use the battery pump if the house uses a well.
Hmmm i think someone already said the things you did....lol
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