The sump pump pit liner - How does a sump pump work?
In this article we will look at the sump pit liner and its role in "How does a sump pump work". The sump pump pit liner is the home for the sump pump. The importance of sump pump pit liners tends to get overlooked when installing a sump pump system.
Many sump pump pit liners are just 5 gallon buckets with some holes drilled in the sides or an open hole in the floor with a pump thrown in. This approach is very common and does ultimately pump water out of the basement.
However, the 5 gallon bucket or open hole approach is not the right solution. A good sump pit liner has four main components. These components are a sealed lid, pump stand, erosion control and large holes.
- Nothing can fall in and clog the pump
- Prevents soil gases from entering the basement
- General safety - People & Pets
- Looks better
- Raises the pump of the bottom of the sump pump pit liner to protect against any debris that may enter.
- Solid sides (No Holes) against the foundation
- Not to deep, deeper is not better
- These two items can lead to soil erosion under the foundation walls and floor if not incorporated into the sump pump pit liner
- Larger holes allows water to flow to the sump pump faster
- Larger holes do not get clogged
- Small holes reduce flow and makes the sump pump wait for the water to fill up before it can pump. Also known as short cycling
There are a handful of companies that have designed a sump pump pit liner that incorperates all of these features. In the Northeast I reccomend Grate Products. They carry a great line of basement water control products and have a strong certified contractor program if you need something installed.