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MCK 08-23-2009 11:10 PM

Is having a sump pump an indication that the basement has a flooding problem?
My husband and I have found a house that we are thinking about buying (Queens, NY). It's perfect in every way except we noticed that there is a sump pump in the basement. We already own a home and have a sump pump, and we have had issues with flooding. Does the presence of this sump pump necessarily mean that this home that we want to buy has a flooding problem?

Mike Swearingen 08-24-2009 04:04 AM

Not necessarily, but it is a good question to ask the seller or their agent. Also, look for flooding indications yourself (watermarks on walls, etc.).
(Long-Time NC Real Estate Broker)

Just Bill 08-24-2009 06:15 AM

I agree. Perimeter drains normally dump into a sump, where else would the underground water go without the sump. Very few basements in this world are absolutely dry all the time, a sump is not a bad thing to have.

AllanJ 08-24-2009 06:59 AM

If a sump pump actually operated regularly as opposed to being installed on suspicion of flooding, then the basement will have a flooding problem if the pump is left unplugged.

biggles 08-24-2009 06:59 AM

if your down by the Rockaways or near the Bays 3' down you have your basement floor will weep water up during heavy rain ,and if your neigbhors are pumping out.

Scuba_Dave 08-24-2009 07:02 AM

My last house did not have sump & was subject to flooding
Crawl space under the house w/heating system
I installed a sump

This house we have one
We used to get little trickles of water in 2 areas
Regraded outside & put down splash blocks under the gutters
Also extended 2 gutters over 25' away from the house
It's been dry this year - despite the wettest Spring I can remember

Termite 08-24-2009 08:02 AM

Not at all, although it is worth looking over.

Nowadays you're required to protect habitable space below grade with a perimeter drain system that either drains to daylight (down a hill) or to a sump pit. Most homes with basements have sump pits due to the code requirements or due to prudent builders/homeowners.

mark942 08-24-2009 08:57 AM

Ask the neighbors if they have any issues with basement flooding.


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