Is it a submersible pump or a pedestal pump?
Look at it. If it's a pedestal with a metal pipe, the pipe has probably
rusted through at the usual water line. Better replace it before it
Don't electrocute yourself during any testing or replacing.
I think it's a pedestal because the motor is outside of the sump. I left it
unplugged overnight after checking the outlet with one of those LED plug-in
testers with the three rows of lights like a little roulette machine. It was
fine, properly grounded, etc. I was going to try testing it with my shop vac to
make sure it really worked (the outlet) but decided what the hey, and plugged
the pump back in and it began pumping away.
Another thing to consider is the sump pump check valve. I had one that was
damaged on the inside (the internal flapper was coming loose), and sometimes
it would block the outflow of water. That made the sump pump overheat and
stop. Then at other times it would become unblocked and the pump would work
again. In my case, it was a submersible pump, but maybe the same thing
could happen with a pedestal pump -- meaning a faulty check valve causing an
intermittent problem where sometimes it pumps and sometimes it doesn't.
I think you've pretty much got it. I looked outside today and found a huge wad
of mud and twigs were lying where it looked like they were ejected from the
outlet pipe. The pump was very hot when I touched it after it stopped working.
I think some sort of thermal overload had kicked in because the pump was working
too hard trying to dislodge the gunk in the hose. It looks like something was
trying to nest in the hose - it's been pretty dry around here until a few days
ago. Not sure what to do to prevent anything from trying to move into the
outlet hose again. Some sort of mesh?
You have walking twigs? Walking mud?
My pump outlet is about a foot above the ground, and there it fits
loosely into some black 4" corrugated plastic pipe, which is buried and
comes out just outside my property, in the side of a stream bed.
I think the loose connection is so that if the plastic pipe gets clogged
or collapses, the water will still eject from the pipe. Some of it
will sink into the dirt 10 feet and get picked up by the perforated pipe
surrounding the foundation, and then pumped out again, but that will
take a while. (Less time if one considers that the weight of that water
will bear on the water already in the ground and the impulse will travel
faster than the water.)
Yes, I guess mesh might work but I can't figure out how this stuff is
getting in there. Mesh can also make stuff inside the house clog up
against the mesh, if there is anything other than water in the output.
How long did it take to clog. 5 years? Maybe you could just check it
ever 2 years.
On Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:42:12 AM UTC-4, micky wrote:
To anyone with a sump pump
if the pump does not run for a period of time, the bearings can seize.
It is a good idea to run the pump for a few seconds about once a month to make sure it runs and to exercise the bearings. I also make a point to test it when I hear a prediction of heavy rain.
I saw a vacant home totally covered in black mold, the entire home:(
The home sat on a hill but teres was no outlet if the sump pump failed.
So the home in foreclosure power was shut off, the basement had 6 inches of water in it when we looked, no doubt for many months. the house would need a mold abatement company to do a full gut job on the once nice house:(
The costs of abatement and rebulid probaly exceeded the value of the home, all preventable with a bit of digging and a french drain sump overflow pipe......
besides the overflow pipe would prevent a flood in a power outage
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