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Rick, Construction Supervisor
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Experience:  Licensed Master plumber with 40+ yrs. experience.
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Customer: Hi. Compared to other in my neighborhood, I don't have a problem YET. Heavy rains here in Oregon. I can hear and see my sump pump working. From time to time I can hear little pieces of gravel getting sucked up the pipe. My question is: should there be little gravel stones at the bottom of my pump or should I clear them away? -Sheryn
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Customer: I just noticed that there is a lot of gravel stones at the bottom of my sump pump. Should they be there?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Plumbing
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Just Answer, my name is ***** ***** I will do my best to help you with your issue. If my initial response doesn’t answer your question then let me know and we can continue our conversation.

There should be crushed stone in the bottom of your sump pit but your pump should be set on a patio block or other 2" thick cement block to keep it up out of te stone and the sediment in the bottom of the pit.