Please help me negotiate with my sump pump
January 28, 2013 8:33 AM Subscribe
My sump pump currently has different ideas of when and how it should work than I do. I have a couple of questions about plumbing for the sump, and a question about whether there is something I can fix that will allow me to not replace it.
posted by OmieWise to home & garden (6 answers total)
1) Re fixing: twice in the past two months my pump has stopped working, associated with an electric burning smell, but has worked just fine when plugged in again. According to a sticker on the body, the pump is from sometime in the '80s, and it's solid. The cover is bolted on. Were I to take it off, what might I be looking for if I wanted to try to fix it? I understand that the switches sometimes go on these things, but this switch seems to work fine when the pump is working. It would not be the worst thing in the world to replace this non-submersible pump with a submersible one, so I'm willing to take my chances with not actually fixing it if I monkey with it.
2) Re plumbing: The pump is not submersible, and is plumbed in an annoying fashion. The sump is in the middle of the floor, and the well it pumps into is also in the middle of the floor, but some distance away. This means there is a pipe leading from the pump (which sticks up), across the floor (close to the foot of the stairs) to the well. What I would like to do is take the water up to just below the floor joists, and then use gravity to feed it across the room and drop it into the well. There is plenty of height in the basement to do this, and the pump should handle the rise, BUT...what I would really like to do is pump the water out of the sump (2 foot rise), along the floor to the wall (8 foot horizontal), and then up to the ceiling (8 foot rise). I have no idea how adding the horizontal section will affect things. Would that work? If I were to do that, where should I put the one-way valves, at the top of the first rise pipe, after the water comes out of the sump? Or at the top of the final rise pipe? Both?