Re: Soil in our area
BErnie, you may live in an area with a seasonally or naturally high water table, thus your sump pump runs a lot. Alternatively, it may be due to your soil type, i.e., if you have a more clayey soil, water is slower to drain (there is likely published information (USGS or NRCS Web Soil survey - ******) on the soil type in your area).
If a naturally high water table is not part of your situation, you may need to investigate installing some sort of drainage solution to carry water away from your home. Sometimes it's as simple as cleaning out the buried drainpipes that your rain gutters discharge to (I used to get water in my basement before I did this).
-Daryl, learning how to keep up with an 80 year old house in PA