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Missing, hidden sump pump

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From Mike:

I bought a house that was renovated approx 10 yrs ago. i believe french drains were put in at that time, i also have a circut breaker for a “sump pump”. since the basement is finished i see only one possible place for this to be located. when i unscrewed the board that covers the hole , its just dirt .

It has a liner that seemed to be perfect for a sump pump set up. I have no drain pipes that are showing but to have a bunch outside the house that come from somewhere inside. so im not sure if the pump is under the dirt or what it is or for that matter where the sump pump is. does anyone know what this hole is for & where possible can the sump pump be?
asked in Sump Pump by darekrudy (21,730 points)
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Hi Mike,

I’ve seen “forgotten wells”and missing sump pumps many times while inspecting remodeled homes. There could be many different reasons behind it:

  • they simply forgot to install a sump pump
  • new drain tile was installed and connected directly to an exterior, updated drainage system with no need for a sump pump
  • new drain tile installed and the sump pump relocated to an exterior well
  • lack of communication between the developer, contractors, laborers… maybe it wasn’t supposed to be there, somebody just assumed sump pump installation necessary but in the process changed its mind…

Talk to the neighbors about it, look for any discharge pipes on exterior… if you have no flood problems in the area there might be no need for a sump pump at all.

answered by darekrudy (21,730 points)