One other thing: Although this project typically functions with a sump pump, I waited to install my pump because I was doing a million other jobs once the drain was installed like framing walls, scheduling the electrician, etc. As time passed, I noticed something: The only thing in the hole was dust. I expected water to at least be seeping in there—that would happen for sure in other ground-water scenarios—but for For your sump pit, the easiest approach is to purchase a plastic sump basin.
I had to run an air cleaner on this job. This unit, called BuildClean, is a high-end professional deal with HEPA filtration (it is awesome if you are a pro). I’m not sure HEPA was necessary, but the dirt I dug up was musty and had who-knows-what in it. We literally got colds. The air filter saved the day.
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