Sump Pump Activation Level

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by tinye, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. tinye

    tinye New Member

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    I have a continuous flow of water into my pit.

    In an effort to reduce the on-off cycle frequency of the pump, I've set the activation point of the switch a little higher up in the pit, such that it is higher than the horizontal drain tiles coming in from the side.....so the water actually backs up into these pipes as the pit fills.

    Is this a bad practice overall, and I should really be activating the pump before it reaches the drain pipe coming in from the sidewall; even if it makes the pump cycle much more often?

    Watching and adjusting this pit is an unfortunate hobby of mine :(

    Thanks!
  2. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    As long as the level is maintained below the lowest point of the bottom of the slab, it should be fine. If it gets too high the water will start coming up at the wall to floor joint and/or through cracks in the floor.
  3. tinye

    tinye New Member

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    Great!

    That gives me much more height to work with, and allows a longer (and less frequent cycle).

    Thanks for the confirmation!
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