FLOODED BASEMENT SYNDROME
Are any of the houses your looking at have the potential of the dreaded flooded basement syndrome?
No it's not a bad foundation nor is it something that's on your home inspection check list.
It's called the sump pump, will your home inspector check it to make sure it works, he better. But that's not the problem the problem is how often does it go off. If my client has any interest in the home were looking at the first thing I will verify is how often the sump pump runs. It's very simple and please relay this information back to your friends and family. Signs to look for.
Locate where the vent is on the side of the house, walk around that area. Do your feet sink down or is the ground soggy or very soft compared to the rest of area. Is there an indentation in the ground where the water comes out. Is the grass in that particular area green and lush if the rest of the lawn isn't. Just knowing is all it takes, how often the sump pump runs is not a problem but being aware of the situation is worth thousands.
The average sump pump is good for about 10 years, if yours is going off at least twice a week I would replace it every 5 years, the problem is that most people replace it when it doesn't work. Along with flooring, drywall. And second the most over looked Surge Damage. Parts of the sump pump can be vulnerable to damage due to lightning or power surges just like your TV or computer. To avoid this, protect the entire electrical system in your home with a whole-house surge protection device.
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