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Sump pump. After power outage we didn't notice that it was

Sump pump. After power outage we didn't notice that it was OFF. Once we discovered our flooded basement (5 inches water) we checked the pump which is the submerged kind. A simple pulling of the two cords that connect to the pump started it flowing again. After the water was pumped out, the well still had water in it to the top and the pump was stopped. We once again jerked the cords and it started again. We then repleaced the klunkless check valve that connects the two pvc pipes. Now the pump seems to be running a long time without shutting off and with very little water in the well.

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Looking for information on debris in a residential sewer

Looking for information on debris in a residential sewer sump pump basin. I have maintained the basin on a annual basis which mainly consists of cleaning the basin. The sump pump components have functioned well for 20 years - the only problem that has occurred on a occasional basis is what I call "floaters".These floaters are floating debris in the basin that attach to the float switch which weighs it down and won't allow it to activate the pump. Then the float alarm goes off when the basin level gets too high. The alarm works well and have not had any basin overflows.We have tried many ideas to try to eliminate these floater's such as not putting grease down the drain etc. with no luck.The solids are passed through the pump just fine but the floaters stay on the surface and don't get pumped through the pumpMy question is what are these floaters and what can I do to eliminate these floaters in the basin?

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My basement toilet has sump pump. We notice that there is

Hi, My basement toilet has sump pump. We notice that there is sewage smell in the basement. We don't know from where its coming since we do not use the toilet. Is the smell from pipes outside of the home and smell is getting in from the pipes from outside into the basement through sewer lines/sump pump lines in the basement. we recently bought the home and don't know if the problem was there before.

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Sump pump is beeping loudly and after two days the water

sump pump is beeping loudly and after two days the water level is still highJA: How long has this been going on? And how severe is the problem?Customer: since the heavy rainfall on wednesday this weekJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: dont know what to do,pump seems blocked by debris from streetJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: i have unplugged the pump due to the very loud noise it is making

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What is the easiest way to shorten the tube to the float

What is the easiest way to shorten the tube to the float without inhibiting the position needed to trigger the pump? It seems that the float is wandering into a position between the side of the pit and the pipe causing it to get stuck, failing to fire when the pit is full.JA: How long has this been going on? And how severe is the problem?Customer: once every 20 or so cycles it seems - enough just become inconvenient. Solution is to smack the PVC pipe on the outside of the pit with my hand, which then causes it to release and clear.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I've done enough sump pit work to know a few things, but certainly not an expert.

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I don't know if this falls under plumbing at "Just

I don't know if this falls under plumbing at "Just Answer"... I want to dig an interior foundation drain (house built in the 1940's) to a sump pump. Q1) What are the requirements for interior (not exterior) foundation drain? (Width, Height, gravel) Q2) Is there a REQUIREMENT (not just good practice but a requirement) that the drain be sloped? Q3) If a slope is required is the slope for the pipe or for the dirt at the bottom?

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I out 3 sump pumps in 6 months period. My line consist of

I burnt out 3 sump pumps in 6 months period. My line consist of sew ejector pump that pumps into basin with a sump pump at pumps out to street, I tried 2 sewage ejector pumps which burnt out and I was told I need a sump pump on the second one, now my crawl space if full of SWEARAGEWATER and the pump is out again.I HAD PLUMBER LOOK.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: at it & was told put sump pump in & still flooded crawl space , need help PLEASE!!JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: IF POSSIBLE YESJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: As u can tell new at it

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I think I have a problem with my sump pump. It was

I think I have a problem with my sump pump. It was buzzing/humming this morning so I unplugged it and plugged it back in. That stopped the buzz, but the little bit of water that was in the crock was warm. Now tonight the water is still warm and when I put my hand in it its now very oily, but clear. Also there is a very oily smell in the basement. I have since unplugged the pump and NOT plugged it back in. I know I probably need a new pump, but is the oily water something I need to be converned about?

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L installed an OUTDOOR sump pump. It is in a pit approx 36"

l installed an OUTDOOR sump pump. It is in a pit approx 36" down. Do I need to install a heater or heat tape to keep from freezing in winter. It can get to -20 in Indiana. If so, what brand do you recommend?

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