I recently cleaned out my sump pump and pit and noticed that the brick
that I'm using for a base has discolored my sump pump and makes the
water muddy. Is there any alternative out there that I can use to
support my pump? Also what routine maintenance should I be doing to
the pump besides cleaning the debris from the intakes that built up
over the winter and spring?
My sump pump sits on a stack of 2 of those cheap round patio "stones"
you can find at any big box store. The patio stones sit on a layer (6
inches?) of river rock spread on the bottom of the sump pit. This has
worked out well -- keeping the pump intake above the debris.
I haven't done any maintenance in 24 years. The first owner told me
to put some particular liquid in the sump to keep it smelling good,
but I forget and my notes are in the file cabinet. But I've never
done it and never noticed a smell.
The main pipe of the first one rusted through at about 14 years, and
as I usually do, I disassembled the thing to save any useable parts,
and it didn't seem like anything was close to wearing out except that
metal pipe. The new one has a plastic pipe, and here's a place I'm
all in favor of plastic.
I don't know what it sits on. I just dropped it in there until it
stopped. Once it was tilted a bit and I straightened it out by moving
the bottom. I guess that IS maintenance. Sorry.
Well I had a couple of basement floods last spring and I highly
recommend that anyone who has a basement flood clean out the pump
water intakes after the flood subsides because I noticed that mine
were clogged with little pieces of paper that found there way into the
pit from the floor.
Good idea about the patio stone Ermalina, sounds like a cleaner
alternative to the red clay brick.
The few pumps I have are in a 5 Gallon barrel type plastic container with a
much of holes in it. Keeps the debris away from the pump. The Barrel type
plastic works well for the Swimming pool cover as its got nice round edges
so its easier then just tossing it on the pool cover...
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