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Old 02-11-2015, 12:40 PM   #1
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Replace Sump pit with Basin?


Our home was built in '75. There is a sump pit which is approximately 16" x 24" and approximately 18" deep. There is one 3" pipe which enters the sump pit about 8" down. We don't see much water in it, during the wet months maybe 6" a week.

The entire thing is concrete, sort of a concrete box if you will with no cover. I'd like to replace this with a sealed basin. Is this something that is commonly done?

What would the process consist of? Break up the concrete bottom, plumb the pipe into the basic and fill around the basin with concrete? Any pictures of the process?

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Ayuh,.... Why would you want to do that,..??

just build yerself a cover for what's there, 'n working,....
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Ayuh,.... Why would you want to do that,..??

just build yerself a cover for what's there, 'n working,....

Well perhaps it is untrue, but I was told that the open pit was no longer considered "code legal" and while refinishing my basement, I would need to install a sealed unit?

Perhaps it simply needs to be covered?
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Well perhaps it is untrue, but I was told that the open pit was no longer considered "code legal" and while refinishing my basement, I would need to install a sealed unit?

Perhaps it simply needs to be covered?
Donno the codes in yer area,....

The plastic basin will be nothing more than a plastic version of the concrete basin that's already there,.....
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A larger pit is better for the sump pump because fewer starts and stops occur all other things being equal. It would be undesirable to replace the concrete walled pit with a smaller volume plastic basin.
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Is this a storm sump or a toilet grinder sump? If its storm it just needs a cover.
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Is this a storm sump or a toilet grinder sump? If its storm it just needs a cover.
It is simply a storm sump. I suppose by not to code he was trying to sell a sump remodel when a lid would suffice.
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The only reason you need a lid on it is to keep small children from falling head first into it. Sort of like the 5 gallon bucket pic with the kid in the bucket.



Who said it was not to code?

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It was certainly to code in 1975 when it was built, so it's still to code today. It's "grandfathered" in, regardless of any remodeling you'll be doing near it in the basement.

I understand why you'd want to cover/seal it though. IMO, .250" lexan with some gasket material works well, and it allows you to monitor the pumps and water level. You'll probably need to make it in 2 pieces to get around the pumps and pipes........
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It was certainly to code in 1975 when it was built, so it's still to code today. It's "grandfathered" in, regardless of any remodeling you'll be doing near it in the basement.

I understand why you'd want to cover/seal it though. IMO, .250" lexan with some gasket material works well, and it allows you to monitor the pumps and water level. You'll probably need to make it in 2 pieces to get around the pumps and pipes........
Yeah, I was considering replacing the pedestal pumps with submersibles and moving the piping closer to the wall. in order to make it easier to cover. This is in the back of our furnace room where we have lots of storage so I'd like to make it as unobtrusive as possible.
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