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Can I pave the floor of my dirt floored sump?

I have a very wet unfinished basement. I have a sump & pump there. The sump is dirt floored, or more precisely, clay floored. It's got cement sides, but is otherwise just a hole dug into the earth beneath the basement. Can I get some sort of cement and pour it into the water such that I roughly pave the floor? I have no idea what I'm doing with this sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Sep 6, 2016 - 7 answers

Did I fix my sump pump? Was there even a problem?

Last night we experienced a severe rainstorm. The pump failure or high water alarm on my sump pump woke us up at around 4:00 this morning. I fixed the problem, but I'm not sure what was wrong, why what I did worked, or if I have to do anything further. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Jun 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Please help me negotiate with my sump pump

My sump pump currently has different ideas of when and how it should work than I do. I have a couple of questions about plumbing for the sump, and a question about whether there is something I can fix that will allow me to not replace it. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jan 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Sump pump running a lot in winter?

Why is my sump pump still running this winter and how can I correct it? [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Dec 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Weepy walls = sad homeowners.

Basement drainage issues...suggestions? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Dec 5, 2012 - 9 answers

it ain't no trick to get rich quick if you dig dig dig with a shovel or a pick

Backyard drainage/flooding issues: please help me choose an excavating contractor and get the job done right. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Mar 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Sump pump recommendation needed

Need a recommendation for a sump pump - preferably one with a battery backup. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Jan 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Water, Water Everywhere And Not A Drop To Drink

After having drainage and a sump pump installed in our basement, we’ve noticed an unusually large amount of groundwater being pumped out into the connecting dry well. We’d like to determine the source of this water, but, as usual, there are some unusual details…. [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Mar 12, 2011 - 7 answers

What is this hole in my basement?

What is this hole in my basement? and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by imaswinger on Jan 5, 2010 - 7 answers

Count the pumping events

I need to count how many times a sump pump runs in a given period. The sump pump pumps water out of a hole on the ground, it is activated by a float switch - so generally speaking it pumps the same amount of water out each time it runs (the volume of water from the top 'on' level to the lower 'off' level). I want to know how much water is being pumped per week/month/whatever. [more inside]
posted by Xhris on Sep 15, 2009 - 13 answers

Measuring relative heights of two points that are far away from each other is hard

How can I figure out the difference in height between where my sump pump outlet sits at my house to where I want it to drain so I can assure gravity is helping it drain? [more inside]
posted by cmm on Mar 15, 2009 - 8 answers

Discrete nano-reef filtation and heating?

I want to set up a 3gal nano reef tank (possible slightly larger, up to 10gal). I want the system to be as aesthetically pleasing as possible, namely by keeping any equipment out of sight. Could I just drill two holes in the tank, and use a powerful external canister filter, to filter the water and provide water movement? Or is a seperate powerhead necessary? In addition, is there an external way of heating the water, without the use of a sump? Thanks a lot.
posted by BritishGas on Apr 20, 2008 - 5 answers

How to freplace dead battery in sump pump?

Clueless homeowner question: Our sump pump (which has a battery for backup) is beeping and blinking, telling me to replace the battery. It looks like a car battery, but my son (he who knows how stuff works) is away ay school. What kind of battery do I get? Where do I get it? And, most scary, how do I (safely) unhook the old one and replace it with the new one. Don't assume I have even the most basic skills or knowledge.
posted by mmf on Mar 8, 2008 - 11 answers

Stop my sump pump pipe from creating a fountain of ice next to my house

How can I repair my sump pump drainage pipes so that they'll withstand sub-freezing temperatures? [more inside]
posted by saffry on Jan 21, 2008 - 5 answers

sump pump concerns

I have 2 related questions about sump pumps. 1) Will bleach damage the pump? 2) Is there a way to monitor the pump for failure (or the water level which would tell me the same thing) easily? [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey on Jul 24, 2007 - 9 answers

What stinks?

How do I get rid of that faint smell of sewage in my basement? [more inside]
posted by sixpack on Jan 12, 2006 - 5 answers

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