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    Hi All,

    Thanks for reading my post! I have a question about sump pumps. Here in California there's been a ton of rain and a couple of my friends have water under their house in the crawl space and in their basements. I understand how they work, how to plumb them for the most part, etc., but I do have a couple of questions.

    So, we dig a hole...what type of bucket do we put the pump in? Does it have to have a sealable top? The only sump buckets I saw at Home Depot are big ones for sewage ejector pumps. They're a little big...as in, they'd require a pretty big hole to be dug.

    Second question is, does the ejector line coming out of it have to be sloped down at any point, or should I not worry about this because the check valve will stop it from short-cycling the pump.

    Third, I guess since this is a pressurized system I can't use ABS, I have to use PVC, right?

    THANK YOU!

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    The bigger the tank the better. This will keep the pump from short cycling.

    A check valve is a must. A sump pump can't make much pressure, so the type of pipe isn't critical.

    The highest a sump can push water is around 25/30 feet vertically.

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    Try this link: http://www.zoeller.com/zcopump/produ...crawlspace.htm

    We would recommend a check valve and you can use different pipe with this system.


    "The highest a sump can push water is around 25/30 feet vertically."

    We also have sump pumps that have a shut off head of 137 feet.
    Last edited by Terry; 01-06-2006 at 08:51 AM.

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    yeah that setup is OK, but the catch basin is too small. That thing would be coming on every 5 minutes. Needs more capacity, more depth, bigger overall. let me know when you come up with a bigger basin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chetwynd
    yeah that setup is OK, but the catch basin is too small. That thing would be coming on every 5 minutes. Needs more capacity, more depth, bigger overall. let me know when you come up with a bigger basin.
    What size basin do you have in mind???

    http://www.zoeller.com/zcopump/zcopdfdocs/FM0487.pdf

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