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In our crawl space we had a gas lowboy water heater. When it

Hello. In our crawl space we had a gas lowboy water heater. When it went out we had to replace with a tall water heater. We dug a two feet deep hole put down pavers and installed it. Ground water seeped in so I installed a sump pump to keep everything dry. I currently have a garde hose coming off the sump pump but want to install hard drain line to the sewer line. Have any plumbers out there done this, is it common? Will it pass code? Any help is appreciated

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I want to replace my 15 year old sump pump and back up sump

I want to replace my 15 year old sump pump and back up sump pump. I waswondering the best brands for my new sump. I wanted to install a liberty water powered backup pump. I had a plumber come to quote the job and he told me it would be a mistake to install it. It gets goo reviews. Now I'm just confused.

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Can you really help? My alarm on my zoeller pump goes off

can you really help? My alarm on my zoeller pump goes off intermittently.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Usually when I hear it start to pump I hear little buzzes a couple days ago. But didn't know what it was. Now it goes in about three or four buzzes at a timeJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: We're having tons of rain in Seattle. But have never had this issue It was new a three years ago when the house was built I can't do it myself. I'm just looking to see what I need to do, and how panicked I should be.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: It's a Moeller. And the alert is a Tank Alert xt Zoeller All I have are installation instructions. No user material

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I have a 5 year old RL 94. I have backwashed couple of

I have a 5 year old RL 94. I have backwashed couple of times. Today I did it again but found that the flow of vinegar out the hot water side was a trickle. That's after cleaning the small filter twice with minimal debris. My sump pump works fine, not clogged. I followed instructions to the t as per YouTube. Like I sat I've done this before a couple of times.JA: How long has this been going on? And how severe is the problem?Customer: Not really a problem except with backwashing. Unit works fineJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I have a water softener too, don't think it's related

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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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