I live in Ohio not far from cinci and have a sump that collects and pumps
water almost comstantly. It pumps so often that my pumps give up the ghost
and quit in just 18 months or two years. Usually it happens in the dead of
night or after all stores are closed for the weekend so I wind up cleaning a
flooded basement not deep just an inch or two.So after a few floods I
learned my lesson and bought a spare pump to keep on hand. Last week my pump
failed (bad switch) I was able to swap pumps with NO (hurray) flood and fix
the pump. Now to my question Should I swap pumps again? thus keeping the
spare pump with lesser wear in reserve. Or should I just put the used pump
in storage for when I need it? In any case how should I prepare the pump to
be stored? I have no clue about what to do to store it.
Larry in cinci
Why dont you find the cause of excessive water and try to fix it, is
it city water meaning a main break, septic, or ground water, get it
tested. Why not have 2 pumps in the pit one set to go off at a higher
level if the old one fails. Get a better pump , I have one that works
alot every day and its maybe 80 yrs old. There is homeowner stuff, and
Wandering around open and wooded areas hundreds of yards from homes or
buildings in the near suburbs, I came across a two-inch pipe,
horizontal, with no valve iirc, and the water was coming out 3 or 4
feet before dropping 8 inches.
We were doing something 150 years away and had been waiting 6 months
for the dry season for the swampy area to dry up. It was the dry
season for months now, but it wouldn't dry up, because of this pipe
that flooded at least an acre. It had been running I think at least
for a year.
I called the county, and they told me to call the city (which is in
charge of water, I think) and becaus I didn't have an address, they
told me to call the county. I called the county, and I don't remember
anymore but I told them there was no address because it was a half
mile from any road. I didn't have to ask for a supervisor iirc, and
it was another month before I was there again, and it was stopped.
I got there by parking on the side of an expressway and going through
the holes in the fence.
I would do the following, attempt to find and correct the source of
the water. if you live where city water is present they will come and
check it for chlorine, which would indicate its their leak. Does the
water change with the seasons?
I would certinally add a second sump pump with seperate drain, and
where does the water drain too? any chance its just going in a circle?
if a pump failure can damage your home get this fixed and add a second
pump or at least a battery or water powered back up pump.
you might not be home when it fails the next time:(
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