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KennyD

09:42AM | 09/01/06
Member Since: 09/26/04
5 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
My house, which is in an urban area and was built in the early 80s, has a sump pit in the basement. When we moved in, we noticed that the grate was covered with paper -- obviously to keep the odor out. This of course kept it humid and resulted in some serious rusting of the cover. It also probably contributed to the odor problem by slowing down evaporation of water in the pit. Anyway, I prefer not to cover the holes in the grate.

There is no pump...it appears to be a groundwater "pit" with three feeds and a large discharges through a pipe via gravity after the water rises to a certain level. This pipe goes towards the front of the house and presumably to the storm sewer out front. My neighbourhood has separate sewers for sewage and storm water.

How are these systems usually vented to prevent odor? Is there some kind of check valve or a float or something? My neighbour has the same thing and says it doesn't smell....and he would be connected to the same storm sewer.

Sylvan

12:45PM | 09/01/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1529 lifetime posts
Me_office1
This sounds like it has to be in Canada as any decent American code would never allow this to pass an inspection.. Where are you from?

KennyD

06:32PM | 09/01/06
Member Since: 09/26/04
5 lifetime posts
I am indeed in Canada...Montreal, actually. And in 1983, when this house was built, it would have been considered an "up and coming" neighbourhood. Gentrification has changed all that but it hasn't changed the stench of this pit.

If you're willing, I could send you a picture of the pit. I am totally unfamiliar with this type of groundwater system and not sure how to proceed. I may call a pro.


Sylvan

08:53AM | 09/02/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1529 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Please do send a picture and hopefully we can figure out what the locals allowed to happen, hopefully you wont have to call a pro

In this country someone would be facing loss of license (If they had one) and stiff fines.

I was in Montreal several times and really enjoyed the area.EH

Do you know or ever hear of the Rosner family?


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