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Old 2009-07-26, 06:34 PM
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Wondering if you sump pump is always working when in rain? We're in Alton area and our sump pump always pumping away. I know this is what a sump pump supposes to do, but at our old house, the motor barely ran in heavy rain. With the power out today for about 20 minutes or so, I can see the water filling up quick. Good idea to get an UPS for the pump? Is yours working hard too?
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Old 2009-07-26, 06:44 PM
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Yep! Running a lot. I guess it's poor grading that causes more pooling of water around the houses which are so close together. What is a UPS?
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Old 2009-07-26, 06:59 PM
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Thank you, will have to re-direct the down sprouts. Looks like they're pointing away from the house, but one side of the house is about 3 feet away and we'll be collecting neighbour's water and likewise, the neighbour will be collecting ours!

UPS is backup battery so in case there's a power outage, it will continue to supply power to the sump until the battery runs out.
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Old 2009-07-26, 09:43 PM
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Here are some tips for improving lot drainage from the City of
Burlington. http://cms.burlington.ca/PageFactory.aspx?PageID=5252

I see very few homes with eave extensions directed away from the
house and many even without splash pads.

The engineering depart of the city has been looking at many of the Alton lots
and many are determined to have grading issues that the builders will need to correct.

If the sump pump is running like crazy even with the heavy rains than it is more than likely that the grading is poor and the water is not being adequately directed away from the house to begin with.
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Old 2009-07-27, 09:10 AM
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We had a problem with our sump pump where the sensor was faulty and it was running like crazy for several days. We unplugged it and called Sundial who came in and replaced the faulty sensor.

It is also possible that there was dirt/rubbish/leaves collected under the sensor which affected the sensors performance.
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Old 2009-07-28, 08:54 AM
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we have a problem with our sump pump being clogged and the water did not drain

They are digging up the front and replacing all the piping as we speak
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Does anyone else have Niagara Falls coming into their sump pump catch basin after the heavy thunderstorm we had?

There doesn't appear to be much ponding on the grass but the sump pump is going like crazy! Is this normal for such an intense storm or is it poor grading around the house?
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Must be the grading, my sump has not gone off yet this summer.
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if it continuously runs it will burn out. Disconnect it and ask someone to check why it is running constantly!
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Old 2009-08-21, 05:15 PM
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Do townhouses have sump pumps? My first house that was a TH did not have a sump pump for each unit.
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