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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-13-2010, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Basement flooding

Hey all, one of my sump pumps seems to have failed and we have a little bit of water standing in a corner of my finished basement. If anyone knows anyone who can tackle a sump pump replacement or has any recommendations on how to prevent the spreading of mold down here, please let me know.

The pump is turning on and making noise but not removing any water from the basin (maybe a jam in the line). I have tried bypassing the switch and still nothing The other pump is working fine but apparently cannot remove the water from the other side of the basement. Thanks in advance.

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Unplug the pump and take the check valve apart. If you hear a lot of air rush in, it may have just been air locked. Put it back together and give it a try.
If not, pull it apart again and make sure the check valve hasn't failed. Sometimes the flapper breaks loose and blocks it up. Then check the intake of the pump for blockage.
Pumps are pretty easy.
If I was closer (and not buzzed) I would come take a look at it for you.

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the water that's coming out is oily - it smells and feels like oil. I'm manually draining it now to look for clogs. If anyone knows a professional, let me know.

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Oil is bad. Pump is shot. One of the main seals blew and the oil leaked out and water got in. You need a new pump. Sorry.
Easy to change out yourself.
I'm a plumber, but it is a bit far for me to go right now. Don't know anyone in your area either.

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What Matto said is a great start.

If all else fails, and you want a pump in there tonight, you can likely get a pump and parts/supplies to make it work for tonight at wal-mart. Which I am sure there is one around you that is 24hrs. Though I'm not 100% positive they have sump-pumps.

Otherwise you may be stuck with running a wet-dry vac to keep the sanding water at bay, if you have one.

The only other suggestion I would have, is to take water out of the pump's pit via bucket or the like so it has some area to hold water overnight till you can get it corrected tomorrow. That should help reduce any standing water on the floor. If you go this route, make sure you empty the water somewhere that doesn't drain back to that pit. If in doubt, take it outside away from the house and dump it.

EDIT: took too long to post. lol

But like Matoo said, sump-pumps are easy...you may only need a hacksaw, a rubber coupler/pvs coupler, maybe pvc glue, and a new pump. Generally I have found them to be close to exact replacements.

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the water that's coming out is oily - it smells and feels like oil. I'm manually draining it now to look for clogs. If anyone knows a professional, let me know.
diesel fuel oil smell??? there shouldnt be that much oil in a sump pump
houses in elk grove had/have fuel oil tanks for heating which now are getting very old adn are rusting and rupturing im not sure about bartlett having these tanks

meijer is a 24hr store adn has sump pumps that would at least get ya done over night

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diesel fuel oil smell??? there shouldnt be that much oil in a sump pump
houses in elk grove had/have fuel oil tanks for heating which now are getting very old adn are rusting and rupturing im not sure about bartlett having these tanks

meijer is a 24hr store adn has sump pumps that would at least get ya done over night
Yes, Diesel fuel oil smell, but this house is only 10 years old.

I'll see if I can get in touch with a 24 hour plumber and see what he says, I'm worried about tackling this myself given the fucking mess that the oil has already made down here.

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10yrs old is too young to have the tank

the houses in eg with tanks are in the 40-50 yr old range

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Replaced it with one from Meijer about 20 minutes ago, works fine, going to check on it in the morning to see how it's holding up. Pretty easy plug and play setup. Glad I didn't call a plumber and pay $1k for a $120 fix.


Thank you all very very much, matoo, I owe you a beer or 24.

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Replaced it with one from Meijer about 20 minutes ago, works fine, going to check on it in the morning to see how it's holding up. Pretty easy plug and play setup. Glad I didn't call a plumber and pay $1k for a $120 fix.


Thank you all very very much, matoo, I owe you a beer or 24.
Meijer saved my bacon 5 yrs ago because they were open and sold pumps 24hrs.. I still have a 1/2 hp flowtec in the box on standby... with relevant pipes, flow/flap valves and pipes and clamps on standby... I suggest you have the same because you never know when one will take a shit. They should last for years... but it's good to have everything on hand 'just in case'.

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Crap, I don't even know if my sump works. My house is on an 8' rise, and the basement (raised ranch style) is really only half in the earth. So I'm pretty sure I'm above the water table. Even on the worst rain days, we didn't get so much as a drop anywhere.

But someone installed a sump sometime in the houses history, so I'd better check it out and see if it still runs!

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