Sump pump


Old 09-10-03, 10:46 AM
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Sump pump

I am a new home owner and was wondering how I could find out if I had a sump pump installed by the previous owner. What would I need to look for and where? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.
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Old 09-10-03, 11:15 AM
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If there is a sump pump in there, it should be located in the sump pit which is a hole in the floor with a cap on it.


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Old 09-10-03, 12:52 PM
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What to look for, well. pipes protruding of the floor heading upwards, and if you see a electric cord coming out of a pit and it's plugged in, these can be a clue.
Old 09-11-03, 05:30 AM
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Look for 1 1/2" black or white plastic pipe that will run from the floor up to the ceiling and heading towards a wall. The pipe may or may not be visible from the outside.
Look for anything plugged into an electrical outlet in your basement / crawlspace and follow the cord.
Some sump pumps have battery back up packs near them, they look like auto batteries.
More questions, ask and someone will answer you...hope this helps and doesn't confuse you...
Old 09-11-03, 06:16 AM
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Sump pump diagram


I will assume you are in a city or town with a sewer system and not a rural septic system.

There will be a pit as already be suggested with a cover and about a 1 1/2" pipe leading outside through the basement wall and leading away from the foundation .
It would likely be in the area of the existing floor drain.

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Old 09-11-03, 07:18 AM
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notuboo and GregH - thanks very much. That's what I was
looking for. The diagram helped very much.
Thanks again!

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