Anyone had new sump pump fail?

tufenhundelApril 1, 2008

Due to the water table around here, we have a very active sump pump. It is a 1/4 hp submersed unit. My question is how reliable can I expect these pumps to be? I've had it for 2 years, with some annually extremely active periods, so I almost expect it to go already.

What has been your experience with these things?

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wtrprfr

The pumps can go at any time, or can last for 10 to 15 years. If it is that active, you should consider an ac/dc/ back-up pump with a separate discharge.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2008 at 5:18PM
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funnycide

You need to come up with a back up plan depending on what could be damaged if the sump pump fails.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 10:59AM
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carguy60

Have a back up plan, get a good pump, (buy a duplicate also).

Make sure it is adjusted so it is not running too often.
It should run for 1-2 minutes each time it runs.

Good luck
Carguy

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 3:39PM
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tufenhundel

Yeah I have a back up plan: A total of 3 pumps in the sump, a main, a redundant to run when I have to replace the main, and a battery backup--with 2 marine batteries...check valves on everything. There's even a brand new pump waiting on the shelf for its call of duty. Some time down the line there'll be a standby generator to replace the battery back-up.

I was just curious because I never had a pump exercised like this one. Short cycling is probably the toughest thing on a motor. I keep on expecting it to fail any day, but it keeps on chugging.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2008 at 11:04AM
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diymostoftime

Tufenhundel - Wow! 3 pumps in the sump - how do you have room. Is the main and the redundant the same make/manufacturer? How do you have it setup so the redundant will kick in?

    Bookmark   April 28, 2008 at 8:17PM
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jasper_60103

tufenhundel,
I had a high water table at my last house. My pump was quite active, even ran during drought periods. The pump lasted for about 7 years. Fortunately, when my pump was starting to fail, it overworked itself. i.e. It kept pumping for about a minute after it emptied the pit.

Anyway, looking back, I was very foolish. I didn't have a backup pump at all. If I lost power even for just a few hours, it could have been disastrous.

As the previous poster stated, come up with a good backup plan.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2008 at 1:47PM
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jasper_60103

tufenhundel,
I had a high water table at my last house. My pump was quite active, even ran during drought periods. The pump lasted for about 7 years. Fortunately, when my pump was starting to fail, it overworked itself. i.e. It kept pumping for about a minute after it emptied the pit.

Anyway, looking back, I was very foolish. I didn't have a backup pump at all. If I lost power even for just a few hours, it could have been disastrous.

As the previous poster stated, come up with a good backup plan.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2008 at 3:12PM
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