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Old 08-23-2009, 11:10 PM   #1
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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?


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Old 08-24-2009, 04:04 AM   #2
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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.).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Ask the neighbors if they have any issues with basement flooding.



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