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Old 11-15-2011, 01:27 PM   #1
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I am trying to buy a house and just noticed there is a sump pump in the basement. I do not know anything about this pump. Do you think it is a good idea for me to buy this house?

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Having a Sump Pump is certainly not a bad thing in most cases, it's actually a good thing. Having it means that the builder took precautions to ensure the water did not penetrate into the basement. If you can check out the house soon after it rains heavily, if the Sump pump is running constantly or almost so there may be a problem but otherwise it's certainly nothing to worry about. If it's running on a regular basis when it's dry and has been so, run, don't walk away from that house.

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take a good look around the floor and walls in the basement to see if there has been any recent flooding in the basement. You can usually tell. Sumps are completely normal to have in a basement and are usually planned into the building of the house.
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Thank you for your advise. I did not get a chance to see the pump running but when I removed the lid it is full of water. The basement floors and the walls are very dry. There is no sign of wetness any where.
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Not a bad idea to either have a battery back-up or generator for any sump pump. Power tends to be lost in storms, and storms bring water.

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