My yard usually drains pretty good, so my sump pump doesn't get called into action often. The backyard was tallgrass prairie, then farmland, before the house was built 116 years ago.
This weekend much heavier than usual rains flooded the backyard, which led to the sump pump being overwhelmed as it drained.
I'm wondering if the sump pump was working correctly. It would go on for a few seconds, then shut off, not moving much water with the pit full. If I disconnected the switch and plugged the pump directly in the the outlet, it would go on, but the first 75% of the water would pump out very slowly, with the final 25% being pumped out very quickly.
I'm figuring the switch might be wonky, and so might the pump, which is of unknown age. I think it was made/sold by Peabody Barnes of Mansfield, OH according to the typewritten copied operation manual (model SSC27)that came with the house.
Comments are welcome, along with suggestions of brands to consider as replacements.
Big Rock, IL