Sump Pumps
When sump pumps were first installed, little attention was paid to the cover itself.

Which makes sense: who cares about a little water in the bottom of the basket? Especially when the problem being solved by the sump pump was a flooded basement.

Sump pumps for the record:

“A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water-collecting sump basin. It’s commonly found in the basement on homes. Sump pumps are used where basement flooding happens regularly, to salve dampness were the water table is above the foundation of a home.”

Thanks Wikipedia!

 When cover is not tightly secured:

With a cover that is not air tight, moisture and other contaminates such as soil toxins and radon gas can enter the living area.

What is more important

More important than all that is the fact that when covers are not screwed in place, children or pets can easily lift out one of the old style covers. They can then fall into the basket, and have a very difficult if not impossible time getting out.

Submitted courtesy of:

Paladin Inspection Services

11140 Lansing Avenue North

Stillwater, Minnesota 55082