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04:40PM | 05/01/04
Member Since: 04/30/04
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I am thinking of buying a brand new spec home. It's on the edge of some wetlands but the homes on either side have no water problems. This home (@2700 sq FT ranch) has two sumps - either one runs constantly. It appears to be fresh water - not city water. Tests confirm it's not city water. Love the house but pump has been running for over five months. Water comes in to crock like a spring fed pond. Builder says no water problem when site excavated, however, needed eight feet of crushed rock for foundation before they reached clay. Love house but afraid of potential problems if pump fails or foundation gives way. Help! Wife wants house!


01:53PM | 05/02/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
If you want a house built on a wetland, then deal with the water that makes your lot a wetland.

Having the proper drainage and sumps in place should make this lot and house of no more concern than buying in a desert.


02:00PM | 05/02/04
Member Since: 12/09/03
175 lifetime posts
Sounds like this house is the lucky one with the natural spring!! First and foremost if you're going to buy. Check wetlands laws in your area!! I'm in Mass. and they're extremly strict. If you plan to add to the house,or put up a garage or shed,or even cut down a tree, you'll need to go through some useless hoops. Sump pumps It's good to have two. If one fails the other can take over. Get a high water alarm and a battery back up pump. Also dump that water FAR away from the house in a larger pipe (4") down hill, Less work for the pumps. If you can pump it to the city stormwater system, even better. Also a large sump and maximum pumping differential to keep short cycling down. Send another note ifr theres more questions. Good Luck. C.

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