Bone dry sump pump pit

Old 05-15-11, 05:39 PM
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Bone dry sump pump pit

Hi all,

We just bought an 18 year old house with a finished basement. There is a small unfinished area for the mechanicals and the sump pump. The sump pump pit is always bone dry, nothing. The home inspector said that was a good thing. We have had a ton of rain and it's still dry. The ground slopes away from the house but my gutters were not maintained and are missing downspouts (we are getting new ones put on along with some other work done).

Should I have concerns or is this indeed a good thing?


Old 05-16-11, 03:40 AM
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We get plumbers comming in very often that are looking for a cheap pump because they say it will never run. They have to install it because of code. If the house wasn't built on top of a swamp and soil conditions are good you shouldn't get much water. My own house for example won't get a drop in the sump unless it rains steady for about 2-3 days. Things can always change, but I would say be happy. Some houses I get into the pump runs every 15sec. year round.
Old 05-16-11, 03:46 AM
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I agree with pumpguy- count your blessings, but things can change. Why not pour a couple of buckets in there from time to time just to check that its still functioning AND to make sure a little critter doesn't plug up the discharge end.

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