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Anyone had new sump pump fail?

Posted by tufenhundel (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 1, 08 at 23:12

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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RE: Anyone had new sump pump fail?

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.


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RE: Anyone had new sump pump fail?

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


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RE: Anyone had new sump pump fail?

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


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RE: Anyone had new sump pump fail?

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.


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RE: Anyone had new sump pump fail?

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?


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RE: Anyone had new sump pump fail?

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.


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RE: Anyone had new sump pump fail?

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.


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