11:28AM | 11/27/13
Here is my situation -

- moved into house in March '13
- on a high point w/ definite sloping away from the house
- finished basement with no signs of water damage in floor, foundations, walls, drywall etc.
- in the unfinished part of the basement there is a sump pit (but no pump)
- about 8 inches up from the bottom of the sump pit is a black perforated drain pipe that goes outside the house and slopes down (I have poured water down the pipe with no problem)

In the 9 months we have lived there I have only seen standing water once in the sump pit - it did not get all the way up to the drain.

Would a sump pump be overkill? Would the existing drain pipe in the pit carry out ALL of the water in the basement if it ever got that high (it is my understanding the sump pit is in the lowest spot of the basement)?

David, Moderator

05:12PM | 11/27/13
Member Since: 11/15/13
174 lifetime posts
I can't tell you which way to go on this, but here are my thoughts.
If you have never had a problem you might be ok the way it is, if it's not broke don't fix it.
On the other hand, just the fact that there is a pit says that at one time there was a problem.
I think if it were mine, I would install a sump pump just for piece of mind.Considering sump pumps are around $200, I would rather be safe than sorry.
Under normal circumstances it would probably be ok. There would be a concern if the ground is saturated with continuous rain.
Hope this was helpful


10:24AM | 12/13/13
Thank you David - I think the pit was there when the house was built (1994) because it drains to a french drain system (or something similar) but no pump.


03:32PM | 12/14/13
My house was built in 2001. It also has a sump pit but no pump. That's because there is a gravity drain system that allows the water to run from the pit to the outside without a pump. This sounds like a similar situation to yours. If you have never had a problem even under heavy rain conditions, I don't think you need have a pump.


02:21PM | 12/18/13
Cool thank you very much - my house was built in 1994 so it sounds similar


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