the waste pipe for my sump pump disconnected last night and I have 3
inches of water in my basement. I managed to reconnect the pipe, my
question is how long can I have my pump run continuously before it
needs a break. It's a small pump.
Just run it until it breaks, or until the smoke starts leaking out,
whichever comes first.
Pumping water without much pressure isn't much work and what these
pumps are designed to do. Repeatedly starting and stopping is harder
on a motor.
thanks, this is my first flood. Any tips on what I need to do? The
water is down to about 1" now, provided the pump keeps working what
other tools will I need to get my basement back to normal? I guess I
should get a wet dry vac for the water that doesn't make it to the
pump, anything else before I go?
- Do NOT buy a cheap wet-dry vac! Just don't. And DO get a big one, no
matter how much you think otherwise. Trust me.
- DO read the instructions before using the vac to pick up water.
- After the vac tank fills with water, you have to drain it somewhere. If
the sump pump's hole is full of water, where ya gonna go with the shop vac?
Probably upstairs & outside, which means you and a helper will be lifting a
lot of sloshy weight, with your fingers under an edge that the Chinese
manufacturer didn't smooth out very well. Pick up some cheap garden gloves.
Also, consider purchasing a good capacity dehumidifier, and if your basement
gets cool get one that operates in low temperature not just your basic one.
By capacity I'm not referring to the size of the water collection hopper,
but the ability to remove water from the air. In fact, if you get one that
will allow hose discharge and bypass the tray just get the drain hose and
let it run into your sump. That way you can set it and forget it.
On Fri, 02 Mar 2007 15:45:27 +0000, JoeSpareBedroom wrote:
If he gets a big one its gonna be hell lugging it up the stairs. No point
in getting a big one if he cant lift it when its full of water right?
No point in firing up the shop vac until the sump has sucked the water
down I think. So the sump pit is a good place to dump the water.
My basement flooded like so last month. I used my shop vac but I had to
get a nice attachment to suck the water out of the carpet. I actually did
not drain it into the sump pit as my water gets dirty and the sump already
was in need of a cleaning, so I took it to the basement toilet...
Do indeed get a dehumidifier. I borrowed one from my aunt and ran it for
2-3 days. It got tons of water out of the air. At the very least it will
tell you when your basement is returning to safe levels of humidity.
And of course get your self a nice fan to keep the air circulating. I
eventually had mine at the bottom of the basement steps blowing the air
upstairs. you can blow it out a window or whatever you like.
The water should serve to keep the sump pump cool. A sump works much
harder when it runs on a dry pit. but once the water is drained do not be
surprised to see water steaming off the case of the sump...
Shop Vac makes a wet/dry Vac that has a built in pump. It works
great--sucks up at about a 10 GPM and pumps out at about 5 GPM. Obviously
it will eventually fill up (after approx 2 min)--but will empty itself if
you stop taking water in.
I like the idea of a GOOD shop vac. What typically happens in
cellar floods, there is a lot of water and wet stuff that is
distant from the sump pump. So, he will be able to pour the water
into the sump easily enough.
My shop vac is one of the old 6 gal metal ones. I'd love a 16
gal plastic one, but havn't needed it, yet. I've learned that
after any wet pickup, I have to leave the top off the vac, so it
is allowed to completely dry.
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
Did it bring dirt in? When I had 5' of water everything was covered with
mud. I found the only thing that removed it was waiting until the water
level receded, and then hosing it all down and squeeging it into the sump..
Obviously you will want a dehumidifier.
no dirt except what was on the basement floor. The water that leaks
into my house is ground water so it's extremely clear. I don't think
there would have been any problem if it wasn't for the fact that the
previous owner joined two pieces of pvc with a rubber connector and
metal clamps then drywalled over it. I wonder if I'm going to have to
take out all of the drywall along the pipe to make sure he didn't use
There should be prisons for previous owners who do things like that. A
friend of mine just had a new furnace installed. The installer had a WTF?
moment when things weren't working right. He found that the previous owner
(or an installer) had stuffed the cold air returns with pink fiberglass
Prison for these people, I say. But first, a mild beating, a la Tony
I had one of those (that last thing). A new receptacle in the bathroom
(where someone could plug in a hair dryer) had hot connected to one
circuit and neutral to another. That other circuit (on the same leg)
had a refrigerator and microwave on it.
Take some photos for the family scrapbook... I would open the wall now
while you are already in the working and cleanup mode. That rubber
joining two pvc pipes is usually what you get at the check valve. You do
have a check valve still? Maybe one person put the connection on, and
some other person drywalled it in now knowing what he was doing/what it
For me my water is basically clean, but there is sticky red dirt that
comes. Over the course of 1 year the pipe will become filled with red
mud. So I put a cleanout on it. And every 6 months I snake the pipe.
Sucks by my pump runs every 3 minutes. I also have to disassemble the
pump and clean it because the pump volume decreases as it gets all coated
I was at a home my mother bought and the water to the refridgerator was
dripping. I kept looking behind the wall in the next room, and back in
teh kitchen and scratching my head for like 30m as to where the shutoff
valve could be. At the end as the saying goes, when all other
posibilities are exhausted, the answer is no matter how much you hate it,
the possibility left. Took a hammer to the wall and found one of those
elchepo piercing water valves...
Duh. How could I forget booze? You're entitled to drink heavily today. And,
if there are any power tools you've wanted, but couldn't justify them to the
Mrs., this is a perfect time to start thinking like a creative advertising
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.