Emecole's New Sump Pit Lid for Easy Maintenance and Protection against Poor Indoor Air Quality

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Compromised indoor air quality endangers lives and relationships with basement and crawl space service providers.

I've seen trash can tops, pits filled with debris and even some pits that have been used like a restroom or commode - and there are kids and family pets playing in the area. I say to local builders, let's lock this thing down right from the start so we can avoid these problems.

As basement waterproofing contractors continue to become more concerned with indoor air quality, Emecole, Inc. has developed the new EmeSump Pit Lid, a two-piece design allowing for improved convenience for sump pit maintenance. Emecole is a provider for waterproofing professionals throughout the United States and Canada.

A basement's sump pit houses the sump pump(s). While it looks like a simple, harmless contraption, it is important to realize that a pit without a sealed lid is by definition, an invitation to harmful, hazardous indoor air quality. More and more, basement waterproofing contractors are beginning to understand the importance of indoor air quality control.

The EmeSump Pit Lid's two-piece design allows for easy access to a pit up to 21" in diameter. Yet when bolted down, the dome seals out poisonous gas; moisture that inevitably breeds the mold that is the cause of nasal and sinus infections, sore throats, headaches and wheezing; offensive odors; and pesky insects.

Warning a homeowner about the invisible threat of radon gas and airborne mold spores is not just compassionate, it's good business. Help clients understand the chronic respiratory problems that result from poor indoor air quality and they are likely to offer more work. More revenue follows when contractors lock down the Handy Man Special, otherwise known as an open sump pit of peril.

Troy Murrell, who operates Murrell's Waterproofing in Atlanta GA., doesn't understand why more contractors and homeowners don't join forces to clean up a major health problem.

"For the expense - the time and money it costs to fix a disaster - you could have put in ten of the pumps," he says. "Contractors have to remember that an open pit is the release valve for bad things. You've got to seal it off so that anything that wants to rise up into the living space is forced out of the home and into the earth."

The disaster Murrell refers to may come in various forms. Pick your poison: a ruinous basement or crawl space flood due to a compromised, unprotected sump pump; indoor air quality pollution that creates costly medical bills; insect breeding ground; odors that permeate living spaces; even noise pollution that disrupts sleep for children and adults.

"Noise pollution is a big deal. Nothing worse than getting woken up by a vibrating sump pump that kicks in at two o'clock in the morning. There are lots of benefits to having a good sump pit put in with a lid."

Yet, Murrell often sees lazy and dangerous solutions to open sump pit problems; such as a trash can lid loosely placed over the round pit; or a well-fitting top that does not have an air-tight seal. "I've seen trash can tops, pits filled with debris and even some pits that have been used like a restroom or commode - and there are kids and family pets playing in the area. I say to local builders, let's lock this thing down right from the start so we can avoid these problems."

And that's Murrell's advice to other basement and crawlspace contractors: get her done!

The EmeSump Pit Lid is Murrell's solution to negligence. Murrell says the product is easy to handle and rugged. "It's strong enough that a grown man can stomp on it and it won't cave in. Other, cheaper products crack and break."

The Atlanta-based contractor warns that when fixing a sump pit in a crawl space, a firm foundation is required to bolt down the lid. Fortunately, the EmeSump Pit Lid comes with a Sump Donut specifically designed for that purpose. (The donut is not needed in a basement where the lid can be secured to the concrete floor.)    

"You've got to seal the pit so you drive impure air out of the home. There can be no wiggle room when the health of your client's family is at stake," says Murrell. "Avoid disaster and strengthen your reputation for honesty and experience."

About Emecole:
For more information about Emecole products, visit http://www.emecole.com, or write to 50 E. Montrose Dr. P.O. Box 7486, Romeoville, IL 60446.

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