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your best bet is to install where the low spot, or as you stated the wall problem
i always drill holes in the pit, every 2", and make the hole for the pit 1' bigger
then fill around the pit with pea gravel or river rock so the pit can filter mud
So it'll have 6" of gravel on the sides and 12" of gravel at the bottom?
when you pipe it out make sure you get it away from the house so it does not just end back up in the pit (a never ending cycle)
Where the floor is already torn up is the low spot in the basement. There is a floor drain a few feet away.
If I put it where I have the floor out already I was going to pipe it to the 6" main line going out
if you do not drill the bottom of the sump, gravel if its there is fine but not needed, you need to have gravel around the pit since you drilled holes and so it does not fill with mud
I'm just conflicted because it's the low spot by the real issue seems to be on the other side of the house
if the concrete you have removed is the problem spot, then i would place it there, its the best spot
is it dirt/clay under the slab? or pea gravel
The problem area is on the opposite side of the basement. Approx 30' away
the existing im talking about
where the slab is still there
Clayish and I'd say 25% gravel
if its gravel, even being far from the problem wall, it will migrate to the pit before it builds up at the wall
so most likely you can put it in the open spot
Haven't noticed any water coming up where the floor is dug out but it's only about 8" deep below the slab surface
you also need to figure out why that wall is a problem spot
does the ground pitch towards that wall?
I had issues before and had a company put up beams but our last rainy season caused more movement
are there gutters and placed so they remove the water from the wall?
I've improved the gutter draining after this issue
does the ground outside that wall slope away from it or back towards it
I guess after thinking more about it with better gutter drainage and the sump at the lowest point I should be good
Slopes away slightly and downhill yard
if you have garvel under slab it should migrate to the sump
getting water away from the house is first priority
Ok. Thank you. Suggestions on what to buy? I'm headed to home depot here soon
i sump pit (about $30 with lid, a sump pump, 1 1/2" pvc pipe, 1 1/2" check valv, a few 1 1/2" 90's glue cleaner)
gravel if needed
flex hose 1 1/2" to get the pump water removed awya from house
Can I just pipe the drain to my main sewer line? That's like 2 feet away from the pit
thats against code, and you could be fined, depends on your city
Weird. I figured that would be best.
will it work? yes, but its against code in most areas
its because the sewer treatment plant would be treating water that does not need to be treated
and overloading sewer in rainy times
sewer needs treated not ground water
I see. Ok. How far from the house should I run the hose?
if you have a good downsloap of yard a few feet, you just want to get it to the downward slope
so it does not come back
Ok. I'll give it a go. Thank you