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Old 03-20-2013, 09:14 PM   #1
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Wading through a flooded basement to access sump pump

Went over my girlfriends house and her basement was flooded. Around two feet or so. I tell her and she runs down to the basement and goes into the water. When I ask her what she is doing she said she was going to unplug the sump and plug it back in because it will sometimes restart and pumps out the basement. So I try telling here I have a pump I will get and I can pump her basement dry in no time. So as she wades over to the plug I yelled for her to stop. She ignores me and goes to plugging and unplugging the pump. So she comes out and says I yelled at her and to leave. Just seems like wading in a flooded basement is never a good idea. Or was she right and it is okay to go messing with electrical devices while standing in water.


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Old 03-20-2013, 09:18 PM   #2
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:43 PM   #3
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Was the plug and outlet under water too?

Anyway patiently explain to her that you were yelling because you care about her.

She might want to read this...

"Shock from sump pump injures Newmarket man"

"...Malasky said witnesses told officials the man was either trying to plug in the sump pump or get it working in his flooded basement when the incident occurred..."

Full story...
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I really wouldn't admit that I was involved in that relationship. She's lucky to be alive and it seems she's done it before.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:12 AM   #5
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Okay, I feel a lot better talking to you guys. Well, I did do a bit of yelling. I was really thinking she was going to die. The outlet was an unprotected receptacle on a unfinished basement wall. It was above water. I can safely say that relationship is over. I just felt bad yelling at here like I did.
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I've seen all this before.
A past customer was about 70 years old and had a small basement.
Her husband that had died years ago had installed a sump pump in the basement with an ungrounded, no GFI, not even a cover, and a metal box.
The pump had no float, a taped up frayed cord.
The pump had an 1-1/2 outlet that he had adapted to a garden hose and had run the hose up the stairs and out through a set of super heavy wooden balk head doors.
So as the doors were closed it crushed the hose.
The funny part was he had tryed to make a pit for the pump and all he had was a 1" deep spot in the floor and located the pump in the highest spot in the floor.
Took me two weeks to convince her to let me change it all.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:54 AM   #8
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Well if the pump was the type that works totally submersed not a problem. It the pump was the old style pedestal pump with the motor on top not designed to be submersed then the results could have been very different.
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As long as there are no salts in the water, they are not touching anything else, have said their prayers, they can count themselves lucky.
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The code gawds haven't figured this one out at this time but maybe they'll catch on some day . GFCI is required in the garage on ground level so possibly they start at the top and work down .


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