Sump Pit - does this look odd?

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Old 03-30-11, 06:11 AM
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Sump Pit - does this look odd?

OK, I know the general answer is that having a dry sump pit is desirable. BUT, please look at the photos:

Sump Pit - a set on Flickr

My sump pit sits dry all the time (except for the rare occasion when the humidifier condensate line drops some water in there). There are no holes in the sump pit and it almost seems as though when the pit was installed 12 years ago - someone forgot to punch the holes for the drain pipes...

Is this common to have a sump pit with no pipes punching through the sides? The bottom looks to be open, but is that a common practice to just allow the water level to rise from the bottom? We've had heavy, heavy rain a few times since we've moved in and haven't once heard the sump pump kick on.

Am I missing something??
 
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Old 03-30-11, 01:41 PM
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>>>Is this common to have a sump pit with no pipes punching through the sides? The bottom looks to be open, but is that a common practice to just allow the water level to rise from the bottom? We've had heavy, heavy rain a few times since we've moved in and haven't once heard the sump pump kick on.

Am I missing something??<<<

No it is not common to have a sump pit with no pipes comming thru the holes.

No it is not normal to have the bottom open, if the pump did come on it could pump muddy water.

I don't think you have any pipes that go to that pit, I think that it was installed after the house was built.
 
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I have seen some similar situations.

There may be rock in the bottom under the pit, but since you may not have a high water table, there may not have been enough water in the pit to flush out the fines. You could probe if your curious.

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Old 03-30-11, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by shacko View Post
I don't think you have any pipes that go to that pit, I think that it was installed after the house was built.
Is there a specific reason why you think it was installed after the house was built? Or simply because there aren't any pipes going into it?

I can't imagine that they would have installed a sump pit for a humidifier condensate line, but I guess people do crazy things...

I was just assuming whoever built the house/installed the pit originally forgot to knock out the necessary holes...
 
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Old 03-31-11, 03:40 AM
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Having an open bottom, I would think if the water table ever rose, your pump would be busy. I would put a flat patio block of some kind under the pump to get it out of the mud. You dont want mud or a small pebble getting stuck in the pump. You may also want to dump a couple buckets of water in the pit and make sure it works from time to time.
 

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