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Old 05-22-2014, 07:32 PM   #1
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Sump Access Question


I have a finished basement and the sump pump room has a door access to the home media room. I'm in the process of soundproofing the media room and would love to eliminate the sump door in the media room altogether.

This is an image of the layout of the area (attached).

There is a finished closet on the opposite side of the door.

What I'd like to do is close off the door and leave a removable access panel on the lower back part of the closet wall. Would this be breaking any codes as long as it is easily removable? I would of course put a backup power supply and alarm on the sump so I wouldn't really need to go in there that often.

I live in VA if this helps at all. If this isn't the right forum, please point me to the right place. Thanks!

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I doubt if there will be a code issue---just make that access panel at least 4 feet tall so the pump and pipe can be lifted out--

Those things need servicing--some times in a hurry--do not make the job a nightmare.
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I doubt if there will be a code issue---just make that access panel at least 4 feet tall so the pump and pipe can be lifted out--

Those things need servicing--some times in a hurry--do not make the job a nightmare.
The wall between the closet and the sump room is about 4 feet wide split in half by a stud. I'm thinking about cutting the lower half of the stud out, bracing it horizontally between the other studs, and then putting the access right under there. 4' tall would be find, maybe 2.5 feet wide or so. So I can still have some use of the closet and be able to close off that door into the theater room.

I'd also likely put an emergency shut off switch in the closet, as well as a battery backup + alarm on the sump.
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That should be fine---remember if a battery back up is used ,you need to maintain the battery--that might be easiest if the battery/control box was in the closet ,rather than inside the sump pump closet--
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