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That Isn't The Sump Pump Is It?

I had a previous post, "I'll See Your Sump Pump, And Raise You A Drain," in which the sump pump was supposedly "grandfathered" and allowed to be plumbed into the sanitary drain.  Well, it turned out that there was no "grandfathering," which I knew all along.  That seller was forced by the County to correct the problem.

Well, yesterday, hidden behind a hydrangea bush (planted too close to the house) and under a potted plant, was another interesting plumbing job. You can see the top of the potted plant in the bottom of the photo.  It was placed, literally, on top of the horizontal pipe you see here.  Hmmm....

It was plumbed by another basement waterproofing company. 

They could have more easily sent this sump discharge away from the foundation wall and out into the yard.  They elected instead to attach it, poorly, loosely and not permanently, to the main drain clean-out stack in the yard. 

That's a similar no-no, at least around here.

What made this so funny was that THIS was the same Realtor who experienced the last sump pump post!  It was she who called the County, had them condemn the previous post's installation, went through the rigmarole and so was familiar with the process.

She met me on the porch and all I did was point to the installation you see here!  It was she who said:

"That isn't the sump pump is it?"

I said, "The bell tolls again, Carolyn, and it tolls for thee."

I have had two of these this year, BOTH with her!

My recommendation:  As always, check to see where the sump pump discharges!

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 10 commentsJay Markanich • August 16 2009 06:34AM

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I love the look on a buyer's face when you remind them that during a storm if the electricity goes off the sump pump doesn't work.  Opps!  Wonder how many people really understand the need for a battery back-up for a sump pump? 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 9 years ago

It is all about education for the buyer who has never owned a home. My home inspector gives the buyer a home buyer manual after the inspection. Great tool

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) about 9 years ago

I'd never seen a sump pump before I was an adult and sure would not have known what red flags to look for... in the slightest. ANOTHER reason for an inspection... Kate

Posted by Kate Kate about 9 years ago

Jay that is sumpthing else:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

Cindy - when I have buyers who see a battery with the pump and ask why it is there, my answer is, "Life experience!"   You can go to the store now and see a pyramid of sump pump batteries.  Go the day before a hurricane hits and see how many there are...

Harry - my report actually cross references into our book, which we began in 1986.  It is in its 15th edition and is currently 405 pages, notebook sized, two columns per page.  It is extremely comprehensive.

Kate - the codes require them here now on every construction, not just those with subterranean basements.

Charlie - it is odd that I see these things are installed by professional water-proofing companies.  I bet they know they shouldn't...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay, I don't get it then.  What if the house is on slab?

Posted by Kate Kate about 9 years ago

I'm sorry Kate.  I misstated earlier.  Every house with a basement, even if one side is ground level...  Anything else I can mis-explain?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay, actually that should un-do it pretty well! Kate

Posted by Kate Kate about 9 years ago

There's too much to know when buying a house--I dont' think the average Joe (or Jane) would know anyhting about the particulars of a sump pump. Long live the home Inspectors!

Posted by Susan Gonzalez Faux painting murals atlanta (Marietta Mural & Decorative Design) about 9 years ago

Yes, Susan, may they (we) live long!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

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