I have a cleanup pipe in my basement that has access through a hole in the floor. The top of the clean pipe is about 6" below floor level. It seems that the bottom of the hole is just dirt.
The hole is covered by a irrigation cover that is usually found in a lawn. I suspect the builder showed up with the concrete to pour the floor and realized that they clean out pipe was below floor level. Rather than hold pouring the floor to extend the pipe, they improvised.
During prolonged rains (greater than a couple of days), the water rises out of this hole and onto the floor. However, the hole is always damp.
There is also a musty smell.
It is a walkout basement so there is not a lot of water pressure on the floor. This hole is on the opposite wall of the walkout. So if the water continues to come in after the fix, then the next step will be to add tile on the outside of the house. BUT, that will be costly as I will have to breakup a driveway.
With the goal of preventing water from coming into the house and getting rid of the musty smell I am inclined to extend the clean out pipe to floor level (or above), then fill the hole with cement. To protect the pipe from being kicked I will build some shelves in this corner.
Here are my questions:
Is this a good idea? Or is there something else I should consider?
Any tips on extending the clean out pipe? For instance, is the standard size sufficient for cleaning out when it is extended, or should I also expand out to a larger pipe so the access is easier.
Is there a particular cement or technique that will be less likely to allow water to seep up through the crack where the new cement meets the old cement? And where the new cement meets the pipe?
[Edit] I found out this is a backwater valve that prevents sewer water from backing into my house. There is a riser kit for this valve, but this value is 15 years old and the riser kit for my old backwater value is not longer available. The company uses the same part numbers for the new and old parts (even tho they are not compatible, so it will be difficult to find an old riser kit).