The design of the drywell and sump pump and different types of sump pumps will be another article since the intent here is the need for proper maintenance of the system. This article is based upon a recent sump pump repair in San Ramon , Ca.
When a sump is placed to evacuate water from a Subdrain or French drainage system, it is commonly placed in a dry well, basically an excavation with a casing or lining to create an open area to collect water. The sump pump, when installed properly, should be placed as a self-actuating pump connected to its own electric source, ideally with a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) as a protection of the sump pump and as a safety feature.
While a GFCI is important, they are notorious for a short life span and should be checked regularly to ensure proper operation. Obviously, checking the operation of the GFCI and sump pump is best completed before it is raining and needed to evacuate the Subdrain or French drainage system, unless you don’t mind trouble shooting an electrical problem while it is raining.
Your sump pump drywell should be protected from debris with a cover. The cover should be opened in the fall, prior to rains, to allow observation of the pump and the pump should be tested for operation. If the sump pump is actuated by a float, simply lifting the float should start the pump. If it is operated by a pressure system the pump could be actuated by filling the drywell with water or many times the pump can be activated by bypassing the actuator at the power source and connecting the pump directly into the source.
Many times, after years of neglect, a sump pump drywell can fill with debris, which, in my most recent experience in San Ramon, CA, prompted this article. The drywell should be protected from debris that travels through the subdrain or surface drain piping, that may drop through an uncovered drywell or through a grate covering a drywell. Many times the drywells are four feet or deeper, depending upon the type of subdrainage or French drainage or surface drainage system installed. Other than debris accumulated by Mother Nature, kid’s toys are a common find, for some reason match box cars, small action figures and spoons are the most common, especially in the San Ramon system….but I digress…..
The debris accumulation in the bottom of a drywell can cause a float not to actuate or the intake to become blocked. If the intake is blocked or debris accumulation surrounds the float and the float can’t drop then a pump can burn itself out, hence the need for a GFCI and hopefully a quality pump with a thermal overload protector.
The sump pump should have a quick disconnect to allow it to be readily lifted out of the drywell so that accumulated debris can be removed. It can’t be stressed enough that regular cleaning is important and it will only take a few minutes when completed frequently as opposed to several hours when years of debris has to be excavated from the drywell to allow the subdrain or French drain to be properly evacuated by the sump pump.
If there are leaves in the bottom a shop vacuum is excellent at clearing the drywell. Sometimes it will be required to scoop dirt, mud, or toys out of the bottom of a drywell to allow the pump to operate properly. Using a garden hoe can be tedious, but it is a common way to reach to the bottom of a drywell to allow scooping of debris. Literally a spoon full at a time, which can take hours; did we say regular cleaning is wise?
Since poorly controlled site water is one of the major contributors to seasonal soil movement and seasonal differential movement of a structure and foundation failure, your subdrainage, French drainage and surface drainage systems have likely been placed protect and preserve your property. The San Ramon Subdrain was installed just for this reason.
So…save yourself some headaches and protect your property, verify the operation of your GFCI or electrical source and the sump pumps operation prior to the rainy season which will ensure that your drainage systems operate properly.
Obviously, if you have any needs for subdrainage, French drains or surface drainage improvements, feel free to contact LEBEC, Inc. at 925 634-4177. We specialize in drainage improvements, foundation repair and underpinning as well as landscaping design and installation.
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