To drain a sump pit for a dry place to work, you need a furnace filter and utility sump pump to remove the water.
Choose where you want to pump the water – into a pipe, drain or somewhere.
- Place a piece of furnace filter cut-to-size in the muddy hole.
- Put a non-switch utility pump (no on-off) that sucks from the bottom.
- Run the sump pump until the hole is dry. Remember to unplug it after use because it won’t shut off.
- Wash off the furnace filter with a hose.
The furnace filter is $6 and can be cleaned with water and reused.
A pedestal sump pump system where the pump sits above sump pit and draws the water out through a pipe or hose may work, too. But you need to monitor the small intake tube filter.