Sump pit smells--how to get rid of it?

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  1. NEfarmgirl

    NEfarmgirl Well-Known Member

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    Our sump pit in the basement is starting to smell really bad and we need to know how to get rid of the odor??? It is not the septic pit--the line for the a/c drains into it and that is it. Would it be safe to put a little bleach in it or will that ruin the sump pump? It only drains every few weeks during the summer--I do pour the water from the dehumidifier in it. A friend said to just pour buckets of water down it to make it drain but that is a waste of good tap water! Any ideas would be appreciated!
     
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    tinknal Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I would run an abundant amount of water through it. If it still smells then put bleach AND water in it.
     

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    Daryll in NW FLA Well-Known Member

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    Bleach is the answer!
     
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    NEfarmgirl Well-Known Member

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    I will run bleach through it. I was afraid to keep doing that since I didn't know if it would hurt anything. Part of the odor is a metallic smell--rusty but some is nasty water stink too. Thanks!
     
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    Just don't put enough bleach to make the whole basement smell. With my copd DW can take the lid off of the bleach bottle and I have to go out. Good luck with your pump.
     
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    our old house had a sump pump in the wet basement..we would use bleach to clean the sump pump and then after it cleared a few times we would use baking soda on the floor and sweep it ..and put some in the sump hole too..but not a lot to clog it.