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judylong1 03-17-2010 05:31 PM

Sump Pump Hole Wet but no Sump Pump
We had very heavy rains last week which overflowed all the gutters. My house is 14 years old and has never had water in the basement. I have a hole for a sump pump but no pump. It's been three days since the rain stopped and I noticed there is about 10 inches of water in the sump pump hole. I've never noticed water there before. Is this amount of water normal after heavy rains? Should I be concerned? Do I need a sump pump?

Thank you,

Scuba_Dave 03-17-2010 08:56 PM

Where are you located ?

Just Bill 03-18-2010 06:00 AM

90% of basement water problems can be fixed by having working gutters/downspouts that get water at least 6' away from the foundation, and grading that does the same thing. Since you never had a pump, those things must be working, until now. Make sure gutters/downspots are clean and free flowing. If they backed up, either they are clogged or you need bigger downspouts. If that is done, you may not need a pump, but installing one, just to help luck, can't hurt.

pkovo 03-18-2010 01:18 PM

If It were me, I would definitely put a pump in, and hope I never need it. The pit doesn't help you if there's no pump in there, even if it's rare, or only under emergency circumstances that you get any water in it. Personally I would get a good cast iron pump from a plumbing supply store, not a home depot special. It's nice to know your basement won't turn into a swimming pool in an emergency from a storm, pipe bursting, etc etc...

I agree with Just Bill, that gutter/drainage issues are the most common problem. Chances are your gutters/downspouts are probably sized to handle even the worst rains if they are clear. Make sure the downspouts are piped a good distance from the house, and the grading is good.

CyFree 06-03-2011 09:08 AM

It is true that most basement leaks occur due to bad drainage of the run off water but, if you have a basement, you need a sump pump. Period.

You can't trust your gutters, downspouts, french drain to keep your basement from flooding. These things clog and collapse.

You can't trust mother nature, either. And what about floods caused by plumbing leaks, backed up drains, leaky water heater tanks, etc..

According to about 20% of all flood insurance claims, come from areas of low-to-moderate flood risk. And even if you have flood insurance, there are many coverage limitations when it comes to basements.

A single inch of water, even in an unfinished basement, can cause thousands of dollars in damages.

So by all means, make sure you have proper drainage but install a sump pump as well. Preferably one with a battery-operated backup pump.

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