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