Why Your Sump Pit Needs a Lid

April 23, 2019

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From unpleasant odors to dangerous radon gas, your sump pit is certainly not the most gratifying part about your home. While its primary function is to keep excess groundwater from getting into your basement, it also helps pump away toxins that have leached into the soil around your home. Coupling that with keeping your basement dry and flood-free, your sump pit may be more gratifying than you think. However, if your sump pump doesn’t have a lid, you should definitely put buying one on your list of things to do.  

One reason you need a basin lid is to keep unpleasant odors from rising from your basement and entering the air of your home. Nothing spoils a family movie night than the smell of stinky stagnant water overruling the smell of fresh buttered popcorn. This odor is typically caused by mold, mildew and bacteria growing in the sump pit. This usually occurs during a dry season where the pump hasn’t run frequently. The lid keeps the odor from polluting the rest of your home.  

It’s not just bad smells that a lid keeps at bay. Your sump pit can also be a source of dangerous substances like radon, a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the Earth as a result of Uranium deposits decaying. Radon impossible to detect without formal testing because it is colorless and has no smell. It is found in all 50 states in the United States and according to the Environmental Protective Agency (EPA), radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths following cigarette smoking. A sealed lid can help keep radon gas from entering your home and exposing your family to the harmful gas. In addition to a sump pit lid, we recommend installing a radon detector to make sure you avoid radon exposure in your home. 

Lastly, a sump pit lid is vital to keeping pets and children safe. Young children can drown in as little as an inch of water. Tragically a three-year-old girl in Indiana drowned in her family’s basement sump pit – and unfortunately, this is not the only case of accidental sump pit drowning. Even one of our own employees had a pet die from drowning in the sump pit. Luckily, a locking sump pit lid can usually be found for under $20 – a small price to pay for your family’s safety. 

Our team at DriBot knows the importance of a sump pit lid, which is why we provide one with every DriBot unit. Our lid seals for radon and odor protection and covers the whole pit, ensuring your family’s health and safety. Plus, it is clear and has super bright LEDs that light up the pit, which is unlike any other option available on the market. With these features, you can check on your sump pit's inner workings without even removing the lid.

Want to know more about DriBot and our unique basin lid? We'd love to hear from you!