We bought a house in New England last summer, and all was going well
until this weekend, when the massive snow melt and rain combined to
flood our basement with about four inches of water. There is a sump
pump in the corner that wasn't hooked up, but I can't seem to find a
drain for it *anywhere*. If a sump pump was installed, shouldn't there
also have been a drain somewhere? Or is that not always so? The tubing
was just coiled up and hanging above the pump, and I spoke to the
previous owner last night, and he said in the three years they were
here, they never used it (this winter was the worst in years with the
I attached three more tubes (for 100') and ran it out a window and
about 20 feet behind my house, where it slopes slightly away from the
house. But the sump hole is continuing to fill up (and water is also
seeping up a bit from cracks elsewhere in the basement floor), so it
would be nice if I could find a drain! Is there anything I might be
missing that I'm not looking for?
Thanks for any tips...
For quickest pumping now you want the shortest length hose and shortest
rise. 1 ft less rise will make a dramatic difference in gpm. Look for a
hole drilled through the house and caped off, Or perhaps it just was
You are doing the right thing. It's just that you may need an
additional pump or a bigger more powerful pump for this 100 year flood
if it can't keep up. And you need to leave it running if you are
shutting it down.
I'd agree with the above reply that you need to keep the hoses as
short as possible and reduce the height the water must go in exiting
your basement. By doing that you will increase the volume of water
that the pump produces.
Code usually prevents dumping sumps into the waste line sewer.
It seems as though the sump pump was put in because there is no basement
It may be illegal to dump rainwater (sump water) into a domestic
sewer drain. Domestic waste may go to a water treatment plant while
street drains (rain water) often gets dumped directly into a river/bay.
Too much rain water going into the waste treament plant overloads its
capacity - hence may be forbidden.
The solution you devised may be the ideal one.
That seems to make sense. After all, the main drainage PVC pipe is
directly above the sump hole, so it seems to me that they could have
connected the pump right to it easily enough (if that's how a drain
could be connected).
When searching (frantically) for a drain, I did discover an old pipe
(about 1.5 inches in diameter) coming up through the concrete in
another part of the basement. It's cut off and open, and I stuck my
finger in it and felt water in that, too.
On Mon, 04 Apr 2005 17:48:54 GMT, Bennett Price
In all probability you have a water table problem. Other than installing
special drains you're going to have to live with the water seepage into the
basement and using your sump pump. The pump should be effective in
maintaining some level of control of the water that seeps in. If it wasn't
for the pump the water level in the basement would be much worse
Thanks for your input (and thanks to everyone else, too). Regarding
the pump, it's doing a good job of expelling the water, even along my
100 feet of patchwork tubing (and up and out a window). Unfortunately,
the float switch isn't working properly -- it'll shut off, but won't
turn back on. This is why I keep need to turn it off after it expels
the new water, because I'm bypassing the switch.
To prevent rapid recycling, a lot of pumps have a switch that won't turn
on the pump again until there is quite a bit of water in the pit. If
you haven't, try leaving the pump on (but not operating because of the
water level switch) until the pit is nearly full, and see if it will
restart itself then.
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If the float doesn't work, go and buy a new sump pump. It should never
ben turned off at the socket. And the last 2 houses I had both expelled
the water out of a pipe in the basement wall and down towards a
Home depot sells sump pumps. I'm in the process of adding a second one
ot my basement now, and will route it out of the wall and down the
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