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    Default Exposed water main in basement and dehumidifier options

    I have a cut out in the basement slab where the water main comes into the house.

    This is the spot where water came up and in and flooded more than half of the basement a few years back. I then put in the sump pump on an emergency basis.

    Now that I have some time on my hands, I plan on addressing this as well as the humidity in the basement.

    Questions:

    1) Should I do anything about the cut out for the water main? Do most people have this set up? i.e. cover it up? Fill with gravel? Cement? I would think not wise to seal it permanently in case something ever happens to the piping.

    2) Sump pump - I used a home depot orange bucket with a bunch of holes drilled in it wrapped with a porous cloth as a stop gap. Should I consider digging way deeper with a much larger sump pit bucket? The sump works now...but I suspect it's probably not deep enough as I see plenty of water in both cut outs.

    3) Considering a larger therma stor dehumidifier. Basement is 38.5' x 25' and will not be finished. I will be putting down FLOR carpet tiles after I figure out how to address some dampness coming out of the floor and the walls in a few spots (very minor but evident). Anybody used the stand alone units? I was thinking I would get he cheapest one as their 1800-2500 sq ft capactiy would seem more than enough. I currently have a soleusair unit I got from home depot that does 30 pints/day that seems to run all the time when set to 65% RH. Basement can get humid although I never get condensation.

    4) If I manually actuate the sump say 20-30 times I can get the water in the cutout for the water main to go down. Sometimes it's bone dry there.....But I'm also getting water all the way on the other side of the floor that is on the high side of the hill.

    Any and all help is appreciated. Thanks.


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