We have been in our house for fourteen years last month. In that time I have never bothered to look in to check our sump pump! Understanding that we are expecting perhaps 10" of rain in 24 hours (!!), it got me thinking.
So, anticipating the hurricane, I decided to check my own sump pump.
It's located in the unfinished portion of the basement, in a corner.
That's my wife's grabber in the corner near the cricket strip!
She cannot bend over to pick stuff up, so I got her a grabber many years ago.
Why did I need it?
Years ago we had a mouse infestation that we did not notice until it really needed attention!
They had made a mess, including in this corner, which was stacked with garden equipment and I had never cleaned up the disaster the mice made of some insulation there.
So, needing to check the sump, I got in there and cleaned stuff up.
I could only move the cover a bit, and, looking in, found the pit to be full of old, plastic bottles, no doubt left by my illustrious builder.
The sump has been working, so no harm, no foul. But seeing all that, and knowing we have rains coming, I decided to pull them out! How convenient the grabber was! Don't tell my wife...
We have water and food on hand.
We have flashlights, batteries, and safe candles on hand.
If power goes out we have a generator and extra fuel on hand.
Actually we have extra of all of that!
I did not even need to go to the store to buy things to get ready.
WE ARE READY!
Apparently being circumspect and having foresight, nobody scheduled a home inspection for today or tomorrow.
Boy, how fun it will be for my wife to have me around the house for two days!
She will probably hibernate...
However, how do I feel about Hurricane Sandy?
I took this shot of a conveniently-posed gorilla at the Animal Kingdom of Disney World during our visit last November.
THIS PRETTY MUCH SAYS IT ALL!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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