How does a sump pit liner work (and what’s the right type for your project)?

If you own a home or business with a basement or crawl space, there is a good chance you have a sump pit. You may have heard how sump pit liners can help prevent water damage. There are many ways a building can be vulnerable to water damage. It may be in an area subject to regular rainfall, or the area may simply have a naturally high water table. To address the danger of water damage, sump pits are designed to collect excess water and direct it away from the building. You can identify a sump pit in your space by looking for a pit or hole in the floor with a pipe coming out of it. Adding a liner to a sump pit can significantly increase efficiency, but it can be difficult to find the right type of liner for your project. Choosing the right material is important in making sure your sump pit continues to protect your property.

What is a sump pit liner?

A sump pit liner is a basin that is installed in your basement or crawl space. These liners are usually made from fiberglass, concrete or plastic. Thermoplastic solutions like PVC liners are a popular choice. They are designed to collect groundwater that enters your home and prevent water damage. Sump pumps often work in tandem with sump pits to pump water out of the building. Installing a liner in the sump pit helps to collect water while preventing debris from entering the sump pump. Perforations in the basin let water through and filter out other materials. If you have a sump pump, it may turn on automatically once the pit liner has reached a certain water level.

What type of sump pit liner is right for your project?

  • Concrete — Concrete is often chosen for being a sturdy material. It can withstand flowing water for an extended duration. However, because it is a porous material, contact with water can slowly destroy concrete over time. This is why it can help to use a flexible drop-in lining solution in conjunction with concrete.
  • Fiberglass — Like concrete, fiberglass can be a highly durable option. Manufactured fiberglass liners can be designed to endure intense water pressure. Unfortunately, it is also a porous material that can allow mildew and bacteria to grow.
  • PVC Resistant PVC formulations can be an excellent material for lining your sump pit. A benefit of PVC is that it maintains durability while also being more lightweight and flexible than other solutions. It can also be a cost-effective option. Unlike other options, PVC is especially resistant to corrosion and rust.

Witt Lining Solutions can help line your sump pit

At Witt Lining Solutions, our expert team can help find a lining system that works for your project needs. With a range of size and material options, we can put our innovative lining systems to work for you.

Reach out to us today and take the first step toward getting the sump pit liner solutions you need.

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