expanding sump pit
I have an 80-year-old house in a small city.
The water feed comes in under the foundation wall,
and there is an opening about 10" x 3' in the basement floor.
The water company put their meter in line with the water feed into the house, almost filling this pit.
Due to rain, mud has filled this hole, even covering the meter.
I need this pit to have a sump pump.
I had installed one a while ago, but it doesn't work well,
it uses a leash/float mechanism.
The new sump pump I bought uses a vertical float,
which worked on my other sump pump.
With this setup, the pump is above the slab.
It says on the box it needs 14".
But I only have about 10"
(10" wide, and there is 10" from the vertical 3/4" copper in the picture until the edge of the opening in the slab.
I see two options:
1. Try to get the water company to move the meter up out of this hole, as it is a really bad place for the meter.
They were not so cooperative when I called them.
For money, they would do it. Lots on money.
2. Make the opening in the slab bigger by about 5"
3. Drill a well (and fill in this hole :-)
Thanks for everyone's consideration and ideas.