Basement Watchdog Sump Pump

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The most common cause of a sump pump system running continuously is when the sump pump float switch is stuck on the “on” position in your sump pit. This will cause it to run even when all water has been removed, which will burn out the pump prematurely.
The most common causes of a sump pump that won`t turn off include a stuck float arm or a faulty check valve.
If the sump pump has expelled a lot of air or there is water sloshing all around, the float switch may get stuck on the sides of the sump pit. Debris in a sump basin can cause the float switch to remain stuck. Ensure to clean the sump basin periodically. Also, the float switch can rust over time and needs replacement.
What Causes a Sump Pump to Short Cycle? In most cases, short cycling is a symptom of a fault in your pump`s float switch—a device which floats on the surface of the water in your sump basin and then turns your pump on when the water reaches a particular level.
A significant leak anywhere in the well piping lowers the water pressure in the system. So if the pressure is too low, your pump won`t shut off and instead will continue running all the time. Solution: Contact a plumber to inspect your well pump system for leaks.
How often should your sump pump run? A sump pump should only run when it is needed. This could be a significant amount, and for various reasons. If you live in a very wet climate, then the water table may be higher than your basement floor, which means that the pump could run 2 or 3 times a day for a couple of minutes.
Even short a duration of an unplugged sump pump during a flooding event can cause backflow flooding. So you can expect flooding into other areas on your property and in your home! Don`t unplug your sump pump if it`s running on, wait until the pit is dry. A dry pit and not on sump pump is the ideal situation.
Excessive or constant cycling can wear out the motor and lead to the sump pump breaking down for good. If your sump pump is repeatedly cycling, it could be due to a problem with the float switch, check valve, or discharge pipe.
An increase in groundwater is one of the most common reasons your sump pump may be running without rain. A broken pipe, nearby construction, or overflowing water sources can increase the amount of groundwater, which can then pool at the bottom of your home and turn your sump pump on.
While these switches are very reliable for industrial applications, they can fail. When they do fail, it can cause a malfunction or damage equipment. As with any piece of equipment, a float switch will have a limited operating life.
You may not think about it, but your sump pump is a vital component in protecting your home. To detect water and to know when to pump it out, your system needs a sump pump float switch.
If your pump runs constantly — even in sunny weather — you`ll likely have to replace it. If your sump pump is always running, this means it can`t handle the amount of water coming into the unit. Many factors could cause your pump to run excessively: You might have a problem with a switch or float arm mechanism.
The most common reasons for your alarm to be going off are: Loose Wire Connections. Incorrect Water Levels in Battery Cells. Dying or Dead Battery.
Excessive or constant cycling can wear out the motor and lead to the sump pump breaking down for good. If your sump pump is repeatedly cycling, it could be due to a problem with the float switch, check valve, or discharge pipe.
It`s normal for sump pumps to run two to three days after heavy rain. There is a lot of groundwater for the pump to filter out over time. However, if it takes longer, start investigating if the pump is actually still draining water.

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My intex sand filter will not move water when I put the lever to filter? It will move water when I put the lever to recirc but wont move water with filter…why?
ANSWER : Im gonna guess that you stored the filter improperly off season and now the sand charge is hard as cement inside not alowing water to get thru , left alone for a week or so it might loosen up , but the best thing is to dissasemble filter and remove all sand and ck “fingers” inside this is fastest way
i allways use RV antifreeze 30/1 to store any pumps or filters off season , RV type because its nontoxic

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Sump pump will not stop. Float is moving freely with nothing in the way. I moved float fully downward and pump does not stop till I unplug it. Please help! Email is [email protected]. Thanks!
ANSWER : The pump should not shut off until you move the float fully upward. You should feel the switch actually click when the float is raised. If it doesn’t make a clicking noise then something is obstructing the float from being able to rise to its full height.The entire float ARM, ie the part that is connected to the motor, has to move up and down with the float or it will not work.

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I have a pressure booster pump installed which turns on automatically when we open the tap and turns off by itself when we close the tap, but when power goes and comes back(common in india), the pump will turn on even with no tap opened and does not turn off automatically and goes on running, some kind of airlock problem I think, when we just shut off and on water input several times, it again starts working well
ANSWER : Check to see if the output pipe has water in it when the pump swutches off the pump needs to be primed at all time what we normally find cases like this is the pump is higher than the supply or there is an air pocket on the output where the pressure sensor is

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I have a fimco pump on a 25 gallon sprayer. It is a 2.1 gallon per min. pump. I took it out yesterday to use and it would not pump up, no pressure. Worked fine last year. I checked and the motor is running. Any suggestions as to what to try. Thanks I have a fimco pump for a 25 gallon sprayer, worked fine last year and now won’t pump. I took it apart and everything looks good? The motor runs fine, just wont pump. It did for a little this morning and then quit?

please help

ANSWER : At the end of the pump little square box with one pillpes head ,take it off and there is another screw in there turn it until it works,

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How to remove a underground swimming pool pump
ANSWER : If the pump is above water level there is no need for valves. If the pump is below water level, partially drain pool until water level is below pump, then install unions and shut off valves when you remove the pump.

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Couple of guys tried to help me on this, perhaps you guys could come back. I forgot to mention there is a pressure tank bladder type on the discharge side. Could the air in this tank be messing with the prime. I checked the intake. It has water in it after bleeding air from the discharge system where before it was dry before purging air. I think there is air in the system and wonder if it is coming from the pressure tank?. i open up one of the discharge valves and a lot of air comes out. Should I put a valve on the pressure tank to take it off line until I get water from the well?

Mar 12, 2010 – Could it be the check valve? I took it off and the flap appears to be working correctly. This well has been here a long time. Never given me any problems. I do have galvenized couplers on the discharge and intake sides. Old. Could these be leaking even though they show no sign of water? The discharge is able to hold 30 pounds easily overnight. I do not hear any vacuum in the intake when I take it off. Could the pipe to the well have a leak? I know I would have to insert a sleeve but I do not want to go through the hassle if I do not have to. I had put on a brand new pump from the hardware store that did the same thing so I think that would elliminate the pump as being the problem.
I disconnected it for the winter and rehooked it up. The galvanized couplers on the discharge and pump side are old but do not appear to be leakeing as I taped them well. The check valve seems to be functioning well as I took it off and the flap works correctly. The well is not pulling water. there does not appear to be a vacuum on the check vale when I losen it. could the check valve be bad? I am aware I might have to resleeve the well, but do not want to hassle with this if I do not have to. I want to eliminate everything else first. i put another brand new pump on it to see if it was that. That partiuclar pump which was the same thng did not work either.
I took the pump nose off and looked at it. The one way valve appears to be working fine. The impeller is working fine also evidenced by when I turn it on witht the discharge cap off, water shoots out. When I open one of the discharge valves and turn it on, the pressure drops to 10lbs. At this point the prime water has moved through the pipe and and the pump does not soound like it has any water in it. I pull the cap off and have to “reprime it again.” It again goes back to the pressure gauage rapidly fluctuating while pump on. I disconnect pump on intake side I hear no vacuum. The guage is on the discharge side. The seals on the pump nose do not look frayed or damaged. The pump is not leaking water in any of the joints. The pipes on discharge and well side do not appear to be leaking.

ANSWER : My friend, please boil your question down. Your title has to do with riding mowers but the leaking, bladder, impeller, air bubbles, pressure tank, check valve comments seem to be migrating toward a pump of some kind – well? spa? pool? irrigation?

Briefly, any system that involves a water source, a water moving device, water storage device and ultimate useage is subject to leaks … into the system and out of the system. If this is a well and you have air in your system, your pump may be sucking air at the well or any loose connection between the tip of the pipe and the inlet to the pump. Your bladder could have failed but from what I can get from your comments, this is not the case. On the pressure side, neither air nor water will leak in … only out.

Please recheck all connections. Make sure your check valve is installed correctly and not leaking. The check valve assists the foot valve, which may have failed.

I am more inclined to think your well may be at the end of its useful life. To prove or disprove, you could have a plumber put a vacuum gage on your pump. He or she can answer this question is about 90 seconds based on this test. Expect to pay for one hour of time, which will be less than the time you have already invested in your project.

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I own a smhp45 onga pump. It works but I need to manually turn the propeller to work. Why is this happening?
ANSWER : The motor start capacitor has failed. This is replaceable.

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Sump pump hums and then kicks breaker. Will not pump. I cleaned everything, still have problem
ANSWER : Pump motor is jammed causing overload and resulting breaker trip. Try to turn the pump shaft by hand, it should be very easy to turn. If there’s any resistance check for blockage.

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