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    Sump pump question

    I was wondering if anyone else's sump pump is running this winter. I seem to hear ours run at least 2 -3 times a day. Just wondering if there is a water leak possibly on the other side of the meter or all the rain from this fall yet. Thanks.



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    Re: Sump pump question

    Odd...something seems awry



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    Re: Sump pump question

    There isnt that much frost in the ground for one thing, and the tile around you hose is probaly thawed out for another. The ground still has moisture in it and even maybe melting a little snow and moving that moisture through the soil profile.



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    Re: Sump pump question

    We don't have a sump pump in our ancient basement, but my folk's sump near Cedar Falls has been running consistently since the week before Christmas.


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    Re: Sump pump question

    Perfectly normal for a sump pump to run in the winter. The soil is still pretty warm down under the frost line and your drain tile is likely 3-5 feet below the frost line. It will be running a lot more next week when the temps get up to 30+ degrees and a lot of thawing starts to take place.



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    Re: Sump pump question

    Mine has never ran in the winter until this year (mainly due to that rain we had 2 weeks ago).



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    Re: Sump pump question

    Not normal unless your house is below sea level. You need to look into this.



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    Re: Sump pump question

    Quote Originally Posted by IceCyIce View Post
    Not normal unless your house is below sea level. You need to look into this.
    Care to expand on that a little bit? Water just somehow stops draining into the soil and therefore into your drainage tile in the winter? Not sure how that happens.



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    Re: Sump pump question

    Quote Originally Posted by Covenant Clone View Post
    Care to expand on that a little bit? Water just somehow stops draining into the soil and therefore into your drainage tile in the winter? Not sure how that happens.
    We still have field tile running and small ditches with water running in them. Just because it is cold above the ground doesnt mean below the ground water stops flowing.



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    Re: Sump pump question

    No big deal.

    To put it in another way, be glad it is running, otherwise it means the ground is frozen below where your house's water table sits. Which would mean your freshwater line would be froze, and would be in a world of hurt come springtime.



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    Re: Sump pump question

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    We still have field tile running and small ditches with water running in them. Just because it is cold above the ground doesnt mean below the ground water stops flowing.
    +1



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    Re: Sump pump question

    My sump pump will run when it gets up around 30 or so. Anytime there is snow melting, it's running.



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    Re: Sump pump question

    I was trying to find my propane tank lid and as I was sticking a rod down through the snow drift, I found the soil was not frozen, in fact it was muddy from the melting snow next to the ground.



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    Re: Sump pump question

    Ours runs once or twice a day its fine for it to run here in Indianola we have a lot of old farmer drain tile everywhere so there is always underground springs its fine


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    Just remarked to someone last week about ours running in Dec and Jan. Just means the ground around the house isnt frozen yet.



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