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hgpisafunjob

12:14PM | 07/06/03
Member Since: 07/05/03
1 lifetime posts
I'm in the process of looking to buy a home. I like one - but - It has no sump pump in the basement. Is having no sump pump common? This is the first house that I have seen without one. Is it expensive to put one in? Where would I look to see if my area requires one? I live in Michigan? Thank you!!!!

treebeard

02:58AM | 07/07/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
264 lifetime posts
I don't know about your area, but around my area, a sump pump in the basement is more the exception than the rule. They're only installed if there's a reason. If there's no problem with water in the basement, then a sump pump is usually not necessary. As for installation after the fact, it can be done, and depending on local conditions, it shouldn't be that big a challenge.

erik peterson

05:13AM | 07/07/03
Member Since: 06/23/03
223 lifetime posts
Simply speak to a few of the adjacent neighbors to see if they have sump-pumps....erik

devildog

06:39AM | 07/11/03
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
If the house isn't a brand new house then it must have done just fine the last few years. Treebeard doesn't say where he lives. I would assume the dryer locations don't use sump pumps because they welcome the water into their house. Free water is good water. A sump pump is used more to pump the water from around your house not from inside your house. If the ground outside your house is sloped away at a good pitch then you probably don't need that sump pump. If it is flat ground I don't see why you would not have one. If you put a sump pump in you would probably want to put the drain tile outside to drain that water away. If you put a sump pump in and don't tie it to anything you might as well just buy a pump and use it in emergencies only.


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