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Old 07-14-2013, 02:57 PM   #1
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I have a sump pump in the basement of my 1958 house that was put in sloppily. The pump is sitting directly on dirt in a 24"x24" by ~18" deep pit. (See photos) One problem is that the sewer main passes through the middle of this pit, limiting the size of sump basin insert I would be able to put in.

The pump doesn't get much use, but it is probably needed for the rare times the water does come up. It has come on maybe twice in the last four years, both in very heavy rains (one of them being the 100 year flood that hit Mass and RI in March of 2010, and then it was on/off for about a day. The other time it cycled 2-3 times total during very heavy spring rain/snow thaw.

I don't know much about sumps, but sitting in dirt can not be good. I'm looking for suggestions/best practice.

Should I just dig this pit down where I can around the piping, and then put down some gravel and rig a make-shift liner of some sort, or is a 'new pit from scratch' called for?

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Old 07-14-2013, 03:24 PM   #2
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Dig it down then concrete the bottom below the piping coming into the pit.

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That pumps going to be sucking in dirt and stones and locking up.
Where the check valve?
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I don't know that I'd want to do much that might disturb that sewer main. You don't want to have that fail, either during your work or as a result of it. If anything I'd dig over the other side and perhaps put down a plastic pan of some sort. Then rest the pump up on a paver stone. That way any bit of dirt that did accumulate in the pan would stay out of the pump. You'd, of course, have to check the pan now and then to make sure it stayed free of debris.
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It looks like it was placed there as an afterthought. I doubt you NEED to do more than place a concrete paver under it (and add the check valve)
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Looks like his footer drain tiles since the end is open on it.

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