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Sump Pump and Newly Built SF Home

Posted by chuck on September 17th, 1999 09:33 AM

We have a brand new single family home (2 months old) with a sump pump in the basement.
We are located in a non-flood prone area. Is it normal to expect that during a heavy rain storm, the pump
would come on just about every 10 minutes (for a duration of about
10 seconds)? Or is this an indication of perhaps some foundation
problems which the builder needs to attend to? Also, regarding the
actual sump pump drain itself, it pumps water upwards through a pipe
up through the basement, across to an outside wall where
it exits the house at about 3 feet above the ground. From there
it "free falls" to a larger pipe that extends only about 1 1/2
feet above the ground. And they don't appear to be lined up
exactly 100% either. Is this an acceptable installation?

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