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    Is there any code that prohibits having a sump pit and pump in a bedroom closet? The pit has a cover but it is not completely sealed.

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    Default Re: sump pit in bedroom

    Sump pits and sewage ejectors are required to be air tight, sealed and vented to the outside. Location isn't so great but not prohibited.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Thompson View Post
    Sump pits and sewage ejectors are required to be air tight, sealed and vented to the outside. Location isn't so great but not prohibited.
    Do you have a cite for the requirement to vent a sump (dewatering) system, as opposed to a sewage ejector system?

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    Default Re: sump pit in bedroom

    I know the local codes for Northern Illinois and Chicago do not require a sump (dewatering) pump to be sealed and vented. Only time they are sealed and vented is when Radon is an issue.


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    Default Re: sump pit in bedroom

    Here in Northern California, I have one in my bedroom and another in the adjoining closet. The AHJ had no issues with them.
    My only complaint is the noise issue. I put mine on a timer.
    I'd be very interested to hear of other opinions.

    Bruce M Audretsch

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    Default Re: sump pit in bedroom

    Did you check the listing, they may have that on as a 1/2 bath


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    Default Re: sump pit in bedroom

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Thomas View Post
    Do you have a cite for the requirement to vent a sump (dewatering) system, as opposed to a sewage ejector system?
    California Plumbing Code 710.10 venting 710.14.1 Air & water tight
    De- watering pumps located outside of living areas don't require air tight, vented sumps.
    Inside unsealed or vented sumps would stink from decomposing organic material.


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    Default Re: sump pit in bedroom

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Thompson View Post
    California Plumbing Code 710.10 venting 710.14.1 Air & water tight
    De- watering pumps located outside of living areas don't require air tight, vented sumps.
    Inside unsealed or vented sumps would stink from decomposing organic material.
    Yes venting must be air and water tight. A sump pump that does not receive any waste water, only receives ground water will not have any decomposing organic material.


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    Default Re: sump pit in bedroom

    Quote Originally Posted by bruce audretsch
    Here in Northern California, I have one in my bedroom and another in the adjoining closet. The AHJ had no issues with them.
    My only complaint is the noise issue. I put mine on a timer.
    I'd be very interested to hear of other opinions.
    A TIMER?? - Not Good.

    What happens if the sump is full and overflowing, but the timer is off?

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    Question Re: sump pit in bedroom

    I have the same concern as Ken....if it is on a timer, what good is it when the power is off?


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    Default Re: sump pit in bedroom

    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Smith View Post
    I have the same concern as Ken....if it is on a timer, what good is it when the power is off?
    If the power is off, what good is it with or without a timer?

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

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    Default Re: sump pit in bedroom

    Exactly....!


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    Default Re: sump pit in bedroom

    umm...no timer. Battery back-up. Set and forget it.


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    Default Re: sump pit in bedroom

    In my situation, a timer works. The "flow" is just a constant trickle of groundwater, it doesn't increase appreciably during normal rains.
    If we are having a deluge, I disable the timers, and, I have an emergency generator for power outages.
    No worries.
    And I get no odor from the water or the pit. The stuff coming through is "springwater fresh".

    Bruce M Audretsch

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