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Basement sump pump is continously running without water present.

No running water, toilets, etc
house is in dry phoenix AZ,
no rain

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  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    crock doesn't even get half full and ;pump starts pumping

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Check the float. It probably needs an adjustment or cleaning.

Posted on Dec 22, 2008

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Its supposed to be controlled entirely by the float switch in the pit, etc. Its not uncommon for the pump to work or stay on even if the water level drops because the float can get hung up on the pipes, side walls, debris in the pit etc. You need to eliminate all those issues. Other issue is the float switch my be bad, hanging up or need resetting to the proper height etc. If its still a problem try replacing it with a water sensor switch instead.

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Ive got a shallow jet pump model sd510 it runs all the time and it pumps the water from our holding tank to sump pit it runs about 250-300 gallons through to the sump pit ive replaced the pressure switch...


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Where is the pressure switch located? At the pump I presume? What will increase the pressure? If you are pumping to an open pit, you will never build up any pressure? What is supposed to restrict the pump to create pressure?

You need a restriction to create pressure to turn off the pump. Is there a float valve like in your toilet in the pit? If not this would be required

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