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Question about testing sump pump w/radon system

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by jager, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. jager

    jager New Member

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    The home we moved in to has a sump pump with a radon mitigation system. The radon installer tied the pipe to the sump pit and sealed the lid shut. The house is about 20 years old and I'm afraid the sump pump system is the original unit that was installed. I have no way of routinely checking the sump pump to ensure the motor works without breaking the vacuum seal. I'm curious if anyone else has a similar setup and can recommend a particular sump cover for quick access to test the sump and easily restoring the vacuum seal. Thanks!
     
  2. Scottb

    Scottb New Member

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    We have the same set up. The Radon unit pulls air from the pipes that go under the house and vents it outside. It also kind of serves as a de-humidifier because it drys out the pipes.

    Our sump pump unit has a 3 or 4 inch round cap/screw top that was not sealed. If you have this you could unscrew it, pour water in and see if the sump pump activates. Otherwise you could get a new top that has one or possibly drill/cut a hole into the top and install one yourself for testing. I replaced our original sump pump after 15 years because it went bad got clogged.
     

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