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jenallen2121

03:40PM | 05/02/04
Member Since: 05/01/04
1 lifetime posts
My husband and I are looking to buy our first home. We found a house that we are somewhat intersted in. It, and every other house in this neighborhood, has a sump pump. Should this cause us to worry and what are the negative aspects of having a sump pump?

LicensedWaterproofer

04:06PM | 05/02/04
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts
just so you know...a sump pump ONLY controls the level of water under a basement floor,that is its purpose.It does not "waterproof" anything...many homes do not need a sump--but some homes that are built in high water table area`s should have them to control the constant water in the soil and under the floor.I`m simply saying that if you 'hear' that your basement will never have seepage because there is a sump pump,that is pure crap.

devildog

08:55PM | 05/02/04
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
The fact that your possible home has a sump pump should not be an alarm. Now the water stains on the wall that might be a problem. Just joking. In my area all new homes and any homes that have been built recently have a sump pump. You need to check for other signs of water damage, but the sump is not a sign of prior water infiltration.

The negative aspects of sumps are if the power goes out, your pump goes out. That is unless you have some sort of backup. They sell battery backup or you can buy a generator. The bad things about these are the battery only lasts for 6 hours or so. The generator you have to be home to start it.

They do however sell a pump that runs off city water. If you have it you can hook up this system alongside your existing pump and if the existing pump ever dies this one will kick on.

Good luck on your decision,

Devildog


cellarwater

03:42AM | 05/03/04
Member Since: 12/09/03
175 lifetime posts
A lot of basements ( I'm in Mass.) have a sump pump. First How old is it? Like a car replace it if it's over 10 years old Second time it's cycling, and measure the sump LxWxDx 7.48 figure the gallons pumped then the inflow if it's over 10 g.p.m. put in a second pump next to the first one, also the battery back up is a good idea. If a storm or a driver takes out the power i'ts there for you. No negative aspects, just a little maintenance. Keep the sump clean too. Happy house hunting C.


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