My new house (just moved in a few months ago) is 5 years old, on flat
terrain in Indiana. The basement floor is about 8-9 feet below ground
We have a sump pump, which runs for ~5 seconds once every 10 minutes or
so. This worries me, as it seems very frequent. I've never lived
anywhere that had a sump pump before, so I have no experience to draw
upon. One friend told me that such short cycles, so frequent, are a bad
sign re: the sump installation.
The basement, half of which is finished, seems completely dry and there
are no signs it ever got wet.
I'd like to investigate the sump pump to verify it has a battery backup,
and maybe investigate the pit to see about how deep it is, etc., but the
sump area is sealed up tight as part of the radon remediation work done
at least 4 years ago (either when the house was built, or when the first
owner sold it to the second owner; I'm the third owner). Basically there
is a fan system that sucks air through the sump area and out the side of
There is one other opening in the floor, a drain hole where the furnace
humidifier and the pressure relief valve for the water heater discharge.
I'm extremely handy but admit to being intimidated by a lack of
experience in this area. I can always call out the radon remediation
people who closed it all up and have them come out and poke around, but
that will be pretty expensive.
Any thoughts on all this? The thing has apparently been working fine for
years, but I worry about a power outage possibly resulting in a flood,
and frankly I hate hearing it cycle so frequently.
I'd appreciate any input.