What's Going on In this Basement?

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I came across this the other day, looks like the contractor/previous owner has just abandoned his/her renovation of this property. I'm not too familiar with construction, so can anyone help me figure out what they were trying to do with this pipe?  What would it take to finish whatever it was they were trying to do?  Thanks in advance!

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The black tank is a sewage ejector pump. The large pipe on the side of the tank is the inlet. One pipe on the top is a vent and the 2nd pipe is attached to the pump. It looks like the large pipe going through the wall on the left side of the sink is the sewer pipe. The sewer is higher than the concrete floor. So, any drains below the sewer pipe going through the wall must be drains into the sewage ejector. 

The sewage water going into the sewage ejector is pumped out of the ejector up high and connected to the pipe going through the wall.

I looks like the sink drain is connected to the pipe going through the wall. If not, it connects to the large pipe going into the sewage ejector.

Not matter how I look at it, the pipe going downward into the concrete floor is not connected properly and sewage water would have to travel uphill and backwards to get into the sewage ejector.  don't have a clue where the pipe goes. It looks like the fittings are installed backwards.

The work overall looks very sloppy and unprofessional.

Is there something that does not work.

Maybe, the basement floors with rain water and they tried to install a hokey system to drain the water to the sewer. I will guess that you will find out when there is a rain storm or after the snow melts.

@Seyi A. Looks like a drainage issue to me. I am repairing a basement right now for an owner in a row home in Philadelphia. It's a 4-5 day project. Involves digging a trench around the basement floor and addding drainage on a downward slope from accumulation to drainage. For us this job is about 8k. But I should say it's highly variable! Good luck!

Thank you so much for the detailed answer Jack!  Do you have a ballpark idea what it would cost to do this right, and how long it would take?

Originally posted by @Jack Orthman :

The black tank is a sewage ejector pump. The large pipe on the side of the tank is the inlet. One pipe on the top is a vent and the 2nd pipe is attached to the pump. It looks like the large pipe going through the wall on the left side of the sink is the sewer pipe. The sewer is higher than the concrete floor. So, any drains below the sewer pipe going through the wall must be drains into the sewage ejector. 

The sewage water going into the sewage ejector is pumped out of the ejector up high and connected to the pipe going through the wall.

I looks like the sink drain is connected to the pipe going through the wall. If not, it connects to the large pipe going into the sewage ejector.

Not matter how I look at it, the pipe going downward into the concrete floor is not connected properly and sewage water would have to travel uphill and backwards to get into the sewage ejector.  don't have a clue where the pipe goes. It looks like the fittings are installed backwards.

The work overall looks very sloppy and unprofessional.

Is there something that does not work.

Maybe, the basement floors with rain water and they tried to install a hokey system to drain the water to the sewer. I will guess that you will find out when there is a rain storm or after the snow melts.

 

Thank you @James Edward .  Clearly, I need to get a professional to take a look at it.  

Originally posted by @James Edward:

@Seyi A. Looks like a drainage issue to me. I am repairing a basement right now for an owner in a row home in Philadelphia. It's a 4-5 day project. Involves digging a trench around the basement floor and addding drainage on a downward slope from accumulation to drainage. For us this job is about 8k. But I should say it's highly variable! Good luck!

 

It's a new floor drain tied into a new sump pump.  Sounds reasonable - except I see a second sump pump in the corner.  There really should be no need for two.

You are right! It is a floor drain in the middle of the floor. That was my first thought, but the camera is bouncing and moving so fast I did not see the silver drain grate. I don't see the 2nd sump pump. It looks like the project is finished with the exception of patching the concrete. I can't tell if the 3 inch drain pipe coming from the floor drain trap is too high.