Re: Sump Pump gurgle
Posted by Bob Publicover on May 14, 2003 at 03:27:21:
In response to Re: Sump Pump gurgle

Thank you for your help!!! Problem solved. It took a Rube Goldberg type of contraption to make things fit but the check valve does the trick. Again .. Thank you. bob

: There would be one on each pipe before the Y. If it is not readily obvious that they are there, then they probably are not.

: : Would this be be on the pump or at the Y on the PVC ?

: : : It is hard to tell you what a check valve looks like, but it essentially looks like a regular valve without a handle on it. It keeps the water from going the wrong way in the pipe when the other pump is pushing water out of the basin.

: : : : Good question.. how do I tell if they have check valves. This is a system I inherited three years ago and have been trying fix -- based on zero knowledge.. thank you for a swift reply.. bob

: : : : : You did not specify if the pipes from the two pumps both have check valves on them. If not then the water going out the pipe will also go down into the inactive pump. Even if they did have check valves, if they are leaking slightly, the added pipe would create enough resistance so that some water could be forced into the other pump and cause the gurgling.

: : : : : : We have a wet basement, the original house was built in 1812 and every owner since has commented on the water (apparently spring fed). The problem is delt with by two sump pumps that are working (after a fashion). The tubing from each goes to a a Y in a single 2" pvc pipe that extends beyond the front porch. This not far enough from the house so today I intalled some tubing (to the outside of the pvc) to take the water down the lawn by about 40 feet. All of a sudden the pump that is not pumping is gurgling. When that pump starts up the other gurgles the whole time. It seems obvious to me that the extension I added outside is causing the problem but is there a solution?? thanking you in advance... bob

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