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Old 10-30-2013, 07:58 PM  
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Can anyone answer this? Old house I just bought has a sump pump in basement but also an old floor catch basin (cleverly hidden under the carpet by the seller) which leads to sewer which is working OK by gravity. One of the open pipes in the pit is old clay pipe a plumber put camera in and he said it led to house footing. It has water in it all the time and it could grow mold in the carpet. The plumber suggested enlarging the drain hole and putting in a sump pump chamber (not with a pump since gravity works) with a cover so it would hold more water and eliminate moisture coming up. It would definitely look more hygienic. This is rather expensive. $3500. Does anyone think this is a good idea? ( I have tenants in the basement and do not want moisture evaporating from this thing and I think it will look much better when I sell the house)



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Old 10-30-2013, 10:18 PM  
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The plan sounds like it would work, I would get a few more quotes, perhaps basement drainage specialists. You do want to know that your not just putting a bandaid on a bigger problem.

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To answer your question, at least one person thinks the idea is a good one--the plumber, who stands to make a killing. As suggested by others, get a few more quotes. Maybe there are some people out there who aren't quite as greedy.

I installed my own sump pit when the original one (about 20' away) couldn't keep up with the inflow--took me just a half-day, and about $136 worth of materials (and that included a new pit, gravel, pump and pipe to the exterior). If I was to do it for a living, I could get very rich by charging just $1000 or so.

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