How deep are sump pits?


Old 10-18-05, 10:17 AM
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How deep are sump pits?

Wondering, how deep are sump pits? Reason i ask is that right now I do not have an official sump pit, but I have made an ad hoc one in a basement-floor-level enclosure coming out of the back of my raised ranch. Would always see water rising up here in heavy heavy rain, so it was the spot I tackled with a plastic bucket and an auto on/off pump.

Well, this weekend, after 9 days of rain and then torrential for a day, the pit was filling seemingly just as fast as my pump could pump! I think it saved us from a major disaster but we did still get some water down there...coming in from the foundation on all sides.

So back to the question, is this an effective substitute for a real groundwater sump pit? I dug the hole down about a foot from the level of the basement floor, just outside the perimeter of the wall. Are real sump pits deeper than that? And if I have a groundwater sump pit in this general vicinity, would this stop water from all areas of house perimeter or would drainage tiles be needed for that?
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Old 10-27-05, 08:58 PM
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This should help you on what sizes are available.

Hope this helps!
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