Buying a home with a sump pump?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
9019 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Kimber_bee:  I would get a home inspection to check it out.

Post # 4
5905 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@Kimber_bee:  …meh.  There’s a reason the house has sump pumps…water gets in there and needs to be pumped out.  Its a myriad of reasons why usually, hard clay combined with a nearby water source and Bob’s your Uncle…wet basement.  It certainly not a black mark against the home, but have your inspector check it out and pay special attention to any evidence of mold or rotting throughout the house.  When you get a home insurance quote, be sure to ask specifically for Sewer/Sump Backup as it is not usually included on a standard form and you’ll be fine.

Post # 5
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Agreed – A good home inspector should help figure out why they’re there and whether they pose a problem

On the flip side (and I don’t know much about this) I think my father just installed a water-powered pump into his basement (very low ceiling), so that if they lose power it still pumps out water. Don’t know much about it besdies that, but it’s something to look into if you’re worried about them operating properly!

Post # 6
3828 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My husband is a plumber.  There is no issue with buying a home that has a sump pump. You just need to make sure it is well maintained and that there are back up alarms and generators if you have alot of water coming in. I would have it checked out by a home inspector (NOT one recommended by your realtor, get and independent one, realtors pay home inspectors to approve houses and ignore issues all the time so they can sell them easier), or get a plumber to look if you are really concerned. 



Post # 7
6632 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Quite a few homes in MN have sump pumps, in fact ours has one and it works quite well.  They help keeping the water out which is a good feature.

Post # 8
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Where I live I’d be concerned if a house DIDN’T have a sump pump, so I can’t really help.  🙂  Ours runs once in a blue moon – that’s what it’s there for.  When it floods like crazy near my parents, theirs runs once an hour or so.

Post # 9
2209 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Kimber_bee:  Yeah, definitely get an inspector to look at the house and give you advice.

@almostmrsj: +1

My house has two sump pumps and it was built in the ’60s.  They had to do a basement repair and the contractor would only warantee the work if they put a SECOND sump pump in.  Could be something like that; you never know!

Post # 11
3769 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

All of the houses in my area have at least one sump pump, we also have a back up that runs on a battery. It would be more problematic if you didn’t have one and needed one.

Post # 12
2642 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@almostmrsj:  Agreed!

OP, if you live in a wet or low-lying area, your house should have a sump pump.  H and I both grew up in houses that have them and it’s not a big deal and it shouldn’t be anything to scare you away.  You just have to make sure you have a back-up generator or something so if you lose power, the pump still works.  Definitely get everything inspected though – to make sure it is in proper working order.

On the flip side, my friends bought a house without a sump pump and their basement completely flooded when Hurricane Irene came through.  They had to spend something like $10k to get one installed.


Post # 13
1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think it’s a plus that it already has a sump pump.  My parents have a sump pump and back up generator and it has saved their basement on many occassions.  Just see what the inspector says.  I would make sure they look for any past water damage and mold.  You want to make sure those babies have been doing their job, or that there wasn’t damage before they were installed.

Post # 14
4827 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

@Kit_Kath:  I agree.

I have a sump pump and it has saved my ass MANY times!!! We are in a part of town where the water is high. Very common.

Except when the power goes out aka Hurricane Irene, your basement will fill with water as there’s no electricity. Boooo.

Post # 15
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ll never understand why basements are a “thing” given the amount of water and other issues that can go wrong with them, and the $$$$$$ involved in fixing it….!

Post # 16
295 posts
Helper bee

Please please plan on getting a backup generator, even if it’s a $500 gas powered one off of Amazon. Sump pumps are no problem until you lose power, but as a resident of central NJ for the last 12 yrs (hurricanes sandy and Irene, plus a terrible snow storm in the last few years) I know a TON of people who have had no water problems until they lost power for weeks and then ended up having to tear their houses down.  As long as you have a plan to deal with it,  you will never have a problem. (I’m not trying to scare you away since most of the homes where I live have them) just save yourself the agony and get one while you don’t need it currently. 

On the flip side of all the scary things I just said, if my house had a sump pump, I wouldn’t have had to stay up all night wet/dry vacuuming as water poured in through the basement walls during those natural disasters. 

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