I need some advice on our sump pump. It seems to be running every three to five minutes. In the past it was fifteen to twenty minutes. Second question, the pipe leading out the house maybe clogged or broken. After a while the water will back up and come out of the pipe by the house. Any suggestions? Do I need professional help? Back ground-we have lived in this house for nine years. We have had to replace the sump pump twice since living here. They seem to have a life of 2 1/2 to 3 years. PS if the sump pump does not pump, we get water in the basement.