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I suspect a loose electrical connection that would have not started to pump or a float activator or pressure sensor defect that would not have triggered operation of the pump.
The obvious thing to do would to be to check out the walls (inside) and look for staining from top to bottom.
Is there a window or windows in your basement?
Check those for water infiltration.
Go outside and look at the soil that is it up against your foundation walls.
It should be 4-6 inches down from the top of the walls and gently sloping away from the foundation.
If the soil is up (or over) the top, that could be the source.
While outside looking at the foundation, whether it be block or poured in place concrete, look for where the waterproofing membrane stops.
You should be able to see it.
If you can't, shovel out a bit of soil in a small area to find it.
if there is an area where the soil is above the membrane, water can find it's way in at that point.
if rain has moved soil up against the foundation (through the years) along an entire wall, and it is above the membrane, the soil must be regraded away fro the wall(s)
With your current problem, I hope it has stopped raining. Get the pump fixed.
Once it is working properly and the basement floor is dry again, wait for the next rain and go down there and observe. Look for the water's path of entry.
If you were flooded, it shouldn't take long to spot the entry point.
Then attack it from that standpoint.
Hope this helps.
to Stephen B - there are no windows.
The rain stopped and I still have about an inch of water that keeps on coming back..I just dont know from where.
thanks to all.