Poor drainage and expansive soils are a global concern. Annual repair costs to manmade structures exceed 100 billion dollars in the United States alone. The purpose of a sump pump is to collect water from around your foundation and redirect it away from your foundation. If it fails, you could end up with thousands of dollars of damage, potential foundation repair problems, and even mold issues, if your basement floods.
The modern sump pump pit, also called a "basin," "crock," or "sump pit," are made of differing types of plastics. The highest quality sump pits are made of seamless high strength polyethylene. The seamless, heavy duty design assures many years of service without fear of crushing or deteriorating.
Location is key in finding the optimum place to dig a pit. Normally, a sump pit is located at the lowest point in the basement or crawlspace. Most pits have a hole in each side for incoming drain tile systems and all have a sturdy sealed lid. When groundwater fills the pit to a given level, a float or some other type of switching device activates a pump. The water is dispelled outside and then the pit starts collecting water again for the next cycle.
Also, placing the pit in an area where flooding is common is very important. Installing a pump pit in a basement isn't going to be as useful unless it's placed in the lowest part of the basement. When putting a sump pump in a basement area making sure it is close to a wall is extremely necessary. This is because the water being dispelled from the pump will need to travel a distance of about ten feet up and another ten feet outdoors. But, stay away from footings and keep the pump at least 8 inches away from the structural wall.
In a basement, a sump pit can be vital. When the water table in the surrounding area is higher than the basement, water can leach into the basement, causing a variety of problems. Water can also drain into the basement during periods of heavy rainfall, especially if a home's gutters are not well-maintained, allowing water to drain freely in a variety of places. If water is allowed to enter a basement, it can cause significant water damage, encourage the growth of mold, and potentially create a health hazard, if allowed to stand.
In addition to collecting fluids, sump pits can collect soil gases. These odor-less gases, including radon, rise up through the soil and must be evacuated to prevent unhealthy buildup in the living spaces. Perforated sump pits that feature a sealed lid prevent these soil gases from be distributed throughout living spaces and can be evacuated with the collected water.
The ECP sump pump basin is the most efficient, safe and innovative sump design available. The ECP sump basin is molded from high strength, impact resistant polyethylene to provide years of service in collecting water from around foundations. The unique bell shape, of the ECP Sump Basin, not only makes sump pump systems more efficient, but also increases the life of basement drainage systems. The bell shape keeps more than twice the amount of water surrounding the sump pump inlet, thus preventing short cycling of the sump pump.
The ECP Sump Pit reduces the soil moisture content thus reducing your basement humidity levels. The exclusive clear, water tight lid seals water, soil gases and noise in, while providing a clear view of the water level and pump operation. When combined with an approved radon evacuation system the ECP Sump Basin will help collect radon and other soil gases from beneath basement floors and dispel them outside.
Earth Contact Products has targeted each area where conventional drainage methods have failed, identified related problems, and designed a solution. The ECP Sump Pump Basin will not fail under soil shifting or ground heaving conditions. The ECP Sump Basin reduces soil moisture content because it is a subsurface drainage system.
Features of the ECP Sump Basin
1. Unmatched versatility lets you tailor the system to meet your needs
2. Tested and proven in thousands of commercial and residential projects
3. A reduction in repair cost or warranty claims
4. Built-in pump protection without the need of unstable makeshift supports
5. Economical, easy to install, cutting-edge technology
6. Ideally suited for retrofit, flood protection and sewer back-up purposes
7. Restores essential drainage where conventional systems may have failed or do not exist
8. Recommended and used by engineers and industry professionals
9. Pre-emptive year round defense against poor drainage and expansive soils
10. Out performs all other existing sump pits, basins and crocks