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Old 08-26-2013, 12:57 AM   #1
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Regarding Sump Pump and a Giant Pit.


In the 4' Crawlspace undernearth the 24'x36' house there is this 5'widex5'longx5'deep. The walls are bricked(solid red brick). Sump pump is at bottom of this giant pit.

Im wanting to encap this crawlspace with this 12mil reinforced I got. But how do I go about this giant pit? Can't just run plastic over an open pit.

Oh yah one more thing. The guy that did this when he owned the house, left the dirt from that pit undernearth the house in this crawlspace. So there is this giant pile of dirt in my crawlspace....


What the heck do i do with the pit and the dirt..... Any help plz..

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Old 08-26-2013, 05:39 AM   #2
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You have a useless giant pit and unwanted dirt---

I think I have an idea---get a standard plastic pit---a length of 4" perforated drain pipe and a shovel---

start filling in the pit---when its just the right depth to set your new pit level with the floor--add the pit--and enough perforated pipe to drain the old hole---then finish filling in the pit---------

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Old 08-26-2013, 06:44 PM   #3
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Okay. Thank you
I understand it all execpt for one part. --and enough perforated pipe to drain the old hole--- If i set my pit level with the level/top of the dirt floor, how am i going to drain something from below 24" up to it considering the pit is 5' deep.

I can put it close to the center or close to the foundation side. Which one?

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I can't figure out what purpose a huge pit would serve---have you been in the house long enough to see what happens when you have a hard rain--or when the water table goes up in the spring?
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:19 PM   #5
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Yes, we've owned the house since Feb 26th of this year. When we get a weeks worth of rain or so it will fill that pit everybit 30%. But of course the pump hasn't worked since we bought it.
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Gibson City il where the house is located ust to be a swamp. So you don't gotta go far for a water vein i assume.
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You do not care how deep the pit is ---

All you should be concerned about is this----will the floor of the crawl space be dry when I'm done----

so fill the pit to the level of the bottom of your new plastic pit---

Add some perforated pipe to the port on the pit---run a loop around the inside of the brick pit---(perhaps knock some bricks loose to help drain the rest of the crawl space)--

Then fill in the rest of the brick pit---add a pump and piping---and your crawl will be drained.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:27 AM   #8
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I completely agree with filling it up, but can't understand why anybody would have dug it out like that to begin with. Storm shelter maybe, its just strange.

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