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Sump Pump Problems

Posted by ruthann (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 17, 13 at 2:08

I have been getting first stones, now gravel in the sump pump crock. After vaccuuming them out, they happen again. What would be the reason for this, and how do I get it fixed? They plug up the bottom of the sump pump. Also, whereabouts in the pipe does the check valve go? I'm a woman, so please write so I can understand it. Another question - how do you hook up a 2nd pump? I have lived here 40 years and my basement has been flooded many, many, many times. I am so tired of it. Thanks, Ruth Ann

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RE: Sump Pump Problems

The check valve is installed at the outflow port on the pump.
A 2nd pump, if you mean a battery powered back-up pump, goes between the pump and the check valve.
The source of the gravel may be a difficult question. You need to track down the source of the water entering the crock.
How long has this sump pump been in use? Does the water enter the crock via pipes; can you see/feel gravel in those pipes?

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