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12:44PM | 10/26/08
Member Since: 10/25/08
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We are in the process of buying a home. The home inspector gave the home a thumbs up but recommended a sump pump in the crawl space because of evidence of past flooding. The damage had been professionally fixed so it would be a preventative measure. The previous owner had a sump pump sitting in a milk crate in the crawl space at one time. Is this a good idea or do I need to dig a reinforced pit for the pump?


03:17AM | 10/27/08
Member Since: 05/28/08
4 lifetime posts
is not exactly an appropriate container for the sump.

How do you keep the pump from clogging with mud and debris?

I'd recommend you to dig a hole big enough to fit a nice sturdy plastic sump liner with lid in the lowest corner of the crawl space.

You said the crawl space was professionally fixed?

I can't help but think: what kind of professional would fix a crawl space and leave a sump pump in a milk crate?


06:08AM | 11/02/08
Member Since: 10/25/08
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Well the damage to the floor joists was professionally fixed then the owner of the house set the sump pump down there. I had the same questions about the milk crate: How would you keep debris from clogged the holes? So a buried, enclosed sump pump would be my best bet then. Thanks for the advice.

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