Open Sump (Basement)


Old 06-28-14, 10:34 AM
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Open Sump (Basement)

I have an open sump in my basement and am looking for suggestions/advice on how to close it up. The only thing I can think of would be to be make a custom fit cover out of wood, but I do not think that would work out so well with the moisture coming up from the sump. This is a rectangular shaped sump, not a normal round one as I have seen in other houses, and has the discharge pipe and electrical wire for the pump coming through the top of the opening. I tried to upload a picture, but keep getting upload failed messages.
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Old 06-28-14, 10:48 AM
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You are limited to the file size if you are trying to upload to the forum. I generally upload my photos to a web photo hosting website like Photobucket and then post the IMG code to the forum.

A wood cover would be the easiest to make but if you want something more resistant to moisture you can have a metal one fabricated. Steel would be least expensive but also prone to rusting. Aluminum would be light weight but it too would slowly corrode. Stainless steel would last forever but the price might be scary expensive.
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Pressure treated plywood with 2x3 or 2x4 ribs underneath should work out well. Cut it in half so you can slip it around the pipes coming out. If the sump does not have a lip around the top rim for the wood to sit in, you might put the ribs on top to extend slightly beyond the rim and hold the cover in place flush with the floor.

Even a round cover would be in the category if custom fit if you are making it yourself.

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