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Question DetailsAsked on 2/28/2018

underground springs is causing my sump pump to work continuously. Who do I contact to resolve the problem

After the last heavy rainfall I noticed that my sump pump has been running continuously. There are natural underground springs behind my property along with a large tree that is now dead. Could the springs and/or the roots from the tree cause the water to fill up in my tank and pumped out through the sump pump?

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Here is a recent similar question with answer and links to other similar questions, FYI:

While I guess there could e a situation where tree roots penetrated a confined aquifer, and not are rotting away so letting more water out - but I doubt it, especially if more than 10-15 feet from the house.

First thing I would look for - ponding of water around the foundation due to change in drainage or poor drainage or (very commonly) settlement of the fill around the house now forming a trough around the house which is keeping runoff from moving away from the house. Blocked/iced gutters or blocked downspouts causing roof runoff to end up right by the foundation instead of running off is also a common cause. Ditto to blocked driveway area ditching or drains if your drive ramps down to the house.

Also - if you have an exterior buried french drain around the house foundation, check if it has gotten blocked or the outlet is plugged or iced up.

Otherwise, could be the springs are flowing more than usual right now, or perhaps some yard activities or landscaping or such has opened up more flow to the house.

Basement Waterproofing would be the normal contractor type for this sort of work - though unless the source is obvious and not readily fixed by adjusting surface drainage, an inspection and usually a few borings to determine the conditions by a Geotechnical Engineer (usually work for/with Civil Engineering firms) might be the best appraoch - to define the issue and look at alternative remedies, because basement waterproofing contractors tend to emphasize at-the-foundation fixes, where the best solution if technically workable is to intercept the water away from the house and divert it around - with a french drain in a gravel drain ditch, a swales to intercept the water, etc as applicable. Always best to keep the water away from the foundation in the first place than try to handle it at the foundation, and better to handle it at the outside of the foundation than try to intercept and pump it away with an indoor system. Especially the latter - the less water your sump pump has to handle, the slower the basement will start to fill up in the event of pump or power failure.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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