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Upgrading Sump Pump/Pit

Posted by Schmurg (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 19, 13 at 11:02

I wanted to get estimates for a new water-powered backup sump pump. We had a couple estimates, two of which recommended making our sump pit deeper and wider.

In the 2 years we have lived in the house we have not had water in the basement or any issues, the majority of the times it goes off is after a storm (we are re-doing the landscaping this summer).

He gave us what I think is a reasonable price (less than $2k) to put in a larger pit, new pump and water backup so I am seriously considering it.

I am giving pause as, not knowing much, I wonder if I could be asking for trouble for disturbing it when no water has come in the basement besides the pump. Conversely I think it could be good to have a larger pit/pump to be safe

Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on it.

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RE: Upgrading Sump Pump/Pit

If there aren't any signs of previous problems and the pump is only on after a storm, I certainly wouldn't bother with that. Maybe have a backup system if your pump isn't water powered.

RE: Upgrading Sump Pump/Pit

Did they indicate why they wanted to make it deeper/wider? I would only do that if there is a valid reason.

When I added a sump pit to my basement, I intentionally didn't go any deeper than I had to. My thinking was, once the water table receeds (I only get it when the table is perched) I want the pit to be dry as soon as possible. The deeper it is, the more it has to receed before it's dry.

Do you have an exterior or interior perimeter drain? If so, the pit only needs to be big enough to handle the size of the pump. When it's running your draining all the volume of the perimeter drain system, not just the sump pit itself.

Even if you don't have a perimeter drain, I wouldn't enlarge the pit unless I had a reason to....especially not to the tune of 2k.

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