Plumbing in the Home/sump pump


Hi , my sump pump has turned on and wont shut off.It pumps water out and the float works but just wont shut off.I noticed that water is shoting out of a small / valve(?) at the base of the pump. It also seems to run then when water gets above the opening/shoting water. the pump starts pumping water out again .then it just continues the cycle.....what wrong

Dear Kris,

   This sounds like a problem with the float switch.  The switch is allowing the pump to turn on, and that part is working fine, but the switch is also responsible for turning the pump off and that part is not working.

   If your float switch is a separate one then you can replace it easily with a new float switch.  If your switch is built on or part of the pump housing then you will probably need to replace the pump.

   The other possibility, since you mention the water shooting out is that maybe there is a clog in the pipe where the water goes out from the house.  If this is the case, then you'll need to unclog the pipe.

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I am experienced at troubleshooting and solving all types of plumbing problems. Issues related to specific manufacturers fixtures and specifications though are beyond my field of expertise. I have dealt with problems in both rural and urban areas, and with water supply and drainage systems. Plumbing issues can be very obscure... such as odors, stains or occasional seepage. I have even had to chase rats from a customer's sewer line.


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