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Why You Didn't Hear The Second Shoe Drop. It Was In The Sump Pump!

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. 

My answer:

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 10 commentsJay Markanich • April 22 2016 03:52AM

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Good morning Jay. A sump pump pit full of surprises! You just have to wonder! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

On a pre-drywall inspection, which is BEFORE the pump itself is installed, I saw a pair of underwear full of a load inside the pit, Wayne.  Apparently there was no time to get to the Johnny on the Spot outside, or someone from another area of our world (the new wonderful fabric of our society) just thought that is what that hole was for.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Since leaving the Northeast...many Moons ago, Jay Markanich , I haven't had  the need for sump pumps and the worry of ground water. Can't say I miss the continual worry of whether the pump will work when needed.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) over 2 years ago

Getcha a good battery back up, S&N, and you will never worry!

Or, in your case, not...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Heeeey, what size shoe is that? 

No sump pumps here, but I can imagine finding stuff in there!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 2 years ago

8 1/2, which is why I didn't snag it Fred.

While it appears I married a 4 year old, I did not.

I don't wear 8 1/2.

I've seen some interesting stuff in those pits.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

OK, that's officially disgusting.  I just changed out my sump pump and installed one with a battery backup.  Thankfully my pit was pretty clean with only old cobwebs to clean out.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 2 years ago

That's truly clean Stephen.  Did those cobwebs taste like chicken?

My post last week on how to choose a sump pump was well received nationwide.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Sadly, my eyes didn't even distinguish the boot from the goop...I'll stick to my side of the deals thank you! As always, it's entertaining coming to see what shenanigans you're up to. Never disappointing!

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 2 years ago

Too bad these posts don't come with Smellovision, Gayle.  You could distinguish a bit more in that way!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

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