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Old 08-18-2009, 09:48 PM   #1
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This is where the water from my weeping tiles go:

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Wondering if having water sit there can cause smells, I do have some "dampy" smells in my basement and I'm wondering if remedying this sump so the water goes straight into the drain would help.

I'm thinking of carefully putting cement (the water dries out if we get a few days without rain) to level it off, or maybe just add some kind of conduit to the other pipe to feed it directly. Think one of these solutions would help take care of "Dampy" smells in the basement?

I also have mold which I've been taking care of and the smell has really gone down, but the room where this sump is does still have a smell, it's a typical damp basement smell.


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Is the drain just slightly taller then the "floor" the pit?
So that's why you have some water there?
With the "floor" properly pitched I don't think you'd need to add any conduit

I keep a humidty gauge in the basement
I run my dehumidifiers based on that reading

We have a stream on the property, so I have dealt with a damp basement the 1st few years
I have regraded around the house
Added splash plates under the downspouts to direct water further away
And I add (2) 25' runsd from the gutters over towards the stream for better drainage

This past Spring was the wettest ever & the sump never ran

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Yeah the drain is maybe 1/2 inch higher, and think it's just sand (ex: the ground under the foundation) that's there, but I'll have to scoop it when it's dry, maybe it's just dirt on top of cement. Either way I'm thinking of cleaning it up and putting cement so it's level with the drain. This will be a very tedious process, don't want cement inside the drain. I'd probably be best to take this project up in the winter when it's super dry in there and just cap it temporary until the cement is poured and dry, just to be on the safe side. A round piece of foam taped should probably do the trick then I can trowel the cement around it.

A humidity gauge is a good idea though, never thought of that. I also need to setup my dehumidifier so it drains through a hose instead of to a bucket. I have it on in there now and it runs maybe a couple hours then I need to empty it.
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:51 PM   #4
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Or drill a small hole in the side of the drain (for now) ?
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when we install'd sumps, we used apron store pvc units & we drill'd 3/4" holes in the side & btm to allow sub-surface wtr entry IN ADDITION to the 4" pvc ADS collection/drain corrugated & perforated pipe,,, all excavations & ditch's were lin'd w/filter cloth,,, from the pic, looks like you'll have to use a masonary bit !
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