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08-14-2007, 08:21 PM
I have one of the basic sump pump systems. Is there a way to hook a discharge hose from a small dehumidifier to this? This would be nice for two reasons:

1) Not having to empty the bucket
2) Have a way to make sure the sump is functioning properly - kind of like starting an auxiliary generator up every week to make sure it works

Any advice would be welcome, as I didn't see a fitting or a bung where a hose would fit.

(We took a look at the SaniDry system, and decided against it for cost reasons - very nice, just a little much for what we need.)

08-15-2007, 10:00 AM
One update:

I fiddled with this a bit last night, and ran the hose where the cord goes in for the sump pump. Pretty jury-rigged, but it seems to work. However, I would rather have something that is more secure, and lets me keep the pump itself better sealed - I don't want to leve and opening where debris or critters could get in.

09-07-2007, 02:30 PM

There's a scored hole in the top of the sump pump cover (http://www.basementsystems.com/basement_waterproofing/waterproofing_products/sump_pump/sump_pump_cover.php) just for this purpose. You can knock it out with a hammer and shove the drainage hose from the dehumidifier into that -- which should make it nice and tight fitting.

Also, most likely your sump pump basin (http://www.basementsystems.com/basement_waterproofing/waterproofing_products/sump_pump/sump_pit.php) has holes in it to accept water from beneath the floor around the sump hole. These holes will weep out small amounts of water, so your dehumidifier is not going to drain enough water in to turn the sump pump (http://www.basementsystems.com/sump_pump/) on.

The SaniDry dehumidifier (http://www.basementsystems.com/dehumidifier/) does cost more than a regular dehumidifier, but it will lower the relative humidity and make your basement dry and comfortable.