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Sump Well - Stupid Question

Posted by Marc de Jong on September 17th, 2001 10:18 PM

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I recently bought a house with a sump well in the basement. No sump pump. I had some tree roots in the main line that resulted in the line overflowing into the well. I got to looking at the bottem of the well and noticed that it appeared that there was no concrete base to the well, just dirt. There is an overflow pipe that runs off the side of the well, as well as a drain comming up from the bottem of the well.

I got down with a small spade and attempted to see if there was a solid bottem to the well, thinking maybe dirt and debree had just covered the bottem, but did not find one. Is this normal construction?

Can I fill the bottem with Quickcrete, if I leave the drain open and the overflow line? The dirt got wet and moldy. I used a combination of clorox and lysol which got rid of the moldy smell, but it seems like the bottem of the well should have been concreted over?

Of course this may be just one more example of several others I have found where the builder cut corners.

There are times I think home ownership is overrated.

--- Moneypit in Kansas

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