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Submersible Sump Pump
#1430266 Mon Nov 15 2021 09:45 PM
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'Bolter
My pump works but and the float is free but unless I manually lift the float up the pump will not evacuate. Whatever it is in the float that starts it is rattling as always. But when I checked it a few times the float was submerged and the water was higher than it should be. The float is free of obstructions. I do not think there is a leak in the float.
As we are currently having a major rainfall I need it to work instead of me manually triggering it every 20 minutes.


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1949 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1989 Caprice

Re: Submersible Sump Pump
Sedgewick #1430273 Mon Nov 15 2021 10:19 PM
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If it has a rod from the float to the switch, the switch may be binding up. If it's a float on a cord (with the float tipping to activate), then the float itself is probably bad. Those usually have a mercury switch inside the float, which may be what you hear rattling.


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Re: Submersible Sump Pump
Sedgewick #1430275 Mon Nov 15 2021 10:43 PM
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If the pump has a ball shaped trigger on a short wire instead of a float on a rod that moves vertically, it might require more movement before the mercury switch makes contact. It sounds like you need a new trigger switch.
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Re: Submersible Sump Pump
Sedgewick #1430309 Tue Nov 16 2021 01:22 AM
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Can you take a picture so that we can see what you are dealing with? It sounds as if you have a tethered float switch that might be failing. Some sump pumps have integrated float switches while others have replaceable ones.

If you have a replaceable tethered float switch it will look like pic #1. If you do not it will look like pic #2 where it is wired into the pump and cannot be replaced.

If you are in the market for a replacement pump, I recommend one that doesn't have a tethered float switch as you can see in pic #3.

Hope this helps.


PIC #1 [img]https://ibb.co/dbsF0fp[/img]
PIC #2 [img]https://ibb.co/CwHmV5b[/img]
PIC #3 [img]https://ibb.co/GdxFct2[/img]


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Re: Submersible Sump Pump
Sedgewick #1430323 Tue Nov 16 2021 02:38 AM
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I don't know much about those switches but I know enough not to depend on an iffy sump pump. With the rain you guys are getting, you don't want to be without.

Re: Submersible Sump Pump
Sedgewick #1430475 Wed Nov 17 2021 05:28 PM
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'Bolter
My thoughts exactly Leo.....bout time for that new sump. Then, you won't have to worry for the next 20 years
or till the sand runs out.
dg

Re: Submersible Sump Pump
Sedgewick #1430600 Thu Nov 18 2021 06:27 PM
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Bowtie Junkie my pump is like the second photo.

Most of the day I was activating it manually. Once the water got down to a place where I could examine it I took the ball and it moved freely, the device inside rattled as it always has and cleaned the ball and tethered wire.

About suppertime that day I heard the pump kick in and start draining. As it was not filling up as quickly I went to check it and no sooner did I get there and it activated again. As it has been doing since.

I installed the pump in 1996 and the land is quite sandy with no clay. Each year I promise myself I would take the pump out and clean it but never got around to it. I will his time. For the security these pumps offer they are not expensive but well worth it.

Thanks for all the replies and the photos.


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1949 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1989 Caprice


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