Here is why you didn't hear the second shoe drop. It was in the sump pump!
Fortunately it hadn't rained recently.
Looking in the sump pump pit it was full of spider webs and really goopy, moldy water.
It would not turn on.
So I joggled the discharge tubing to excite it and it turned on.
And it ran, and ran, and ran.
Looking into the pit it is apparent the shoe that dropped in there was resting on the float such that it would not turn off the pump.
So there's that second shoe! Until turning the water on I did not see it in there!
The agent asked if I had seen unusual stuff in the sump pump pit before.
YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE SOME OF THE STUFF I HAVE SEEN IN THERE BEFORE!
Wary of what diseases might come my way, I left the shoe there and simply unplugged the pump.
My recommendation: if it's possible, it is always a good idea to see the inside of the sump pump pit. Fresh water would indicate that it is operating well and regularly. Mucky would would indicate the opposite. And dead animals, clothing, and of course the errant used hypodermic needle (yep, really!) would be another sign the system might not be operating well. So have your inspector test it and check it out!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560