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« on: March 13, 2011, 04:02:58 pm »
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Hello all!
  I live in SW Minnesota in an area of town that the old-timers tell me used to be a wetland.  My sump pump runs every 40 seconds 365 days a year.  Several have speculated that I either have a sand vein underwater stream or a farmer's drain tile that runs right to my foundation. 

A friend suggested that I dowse to find the source of the water, but I have a question about that.  Assuming that the dowsing finds water, how do I know that it is finding the source of all the water I am pumping?  Could it be hitting on underground water mains or simply saturated ground?  I am not sure how dowsing would differentiate and I don't want to dig up the entire yard.

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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2011, 05:29:21 am »
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Hello all!
  I live in SW Minnesota in an area of town that the old-timers tell me used to be a wetland.  My sump pump runs every 40 seconds 365 days a year.  Several have speculated that I either have a sand vein underwater stream or a farmer's drain tile that runs right to my foundation.  

A friend suggested that I dowse to find the source of the water, but I have a question about that.  Assuming that the dowsing finds water, how do I know that it is finding the source of all the water I am pumping?  Could it be hitting on underground water mains or simply saturated ground?  I am not sure how dowsing would differentiate and I don't want to dig up the entire yard.

Any thoughts?
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Hi Mike,
Has the pump been doing this from the get go?
Are any of your neighbors having the same issue?
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I did not build the house, but it has done it since I bought it about 6 years ago.  The neighbors tell me that it did the same thing for the previous owners.  The houses on either side of me also pump a lot of water but only about half as much as I do.  That's still a lot, but I am definitely the most extreme house in the neighborhood for water pumping.  The neighbor behind me told me that he found a drain tile when he dug his foundation and they capped it.  You would think the builder would have noticed that if they hit one when digging my basement if there were one here too, but I don't know.

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Hi Mike,
Here is a link on the topic of sump pump woes.

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Thanks for the link.  Interesting reading.  I have done many of the things that they recommend.  I have raised the pump and the sump just fills to that level and then runs as frequently.  I have had the city check for water leaks and they say that there are none.  I have a second pump that is set at a higher level, so if one fails, the other will kick in.  I do not have a battery backup pump, but that is probably a good idea.

I may have to hire a geotech engineer to figure it out.

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