When is a fountain really not a fountain?

Home Inspector with Clayton Inspection Service, Inc.

Some people like water features. I have a small pond. I have a spitting frog and a little waterfall. I like the sound of running water in my back yard.

Some people just have a fountain pump that acts like a decorative sprinkler and bubbles water in a little pool (or a big pool).

The house today had a water feature. It was in the basement. Not your normal location for a water feature. I don't think that a water feature was the intended outcome of the installation however. 

This house has a water problem. Water is coming in from the surrounding ground and runs to the low point in the basement. The corrective action was to dig a hole, install a bucket and a sump pump. All went well with the installation. They dug a little trench to direct the water to the hole. The drilled a zillion holes in the bucket so the water would flow in. They bought a really nice sump pump. They found an extension cord so they could plug it into an outlet in the basement (another story). They did it all.

Except one tiny little thing. They forgot to add a pipe on the discharge side of the pump so the collected water would be pumped OUT of the basement into the yard, AND away from the foundation.

So the bucket filled up, the pump kicked on, and the fountain started flowing. Sprayed water all over the place, so it took a little while for it to fill the sump again for another blast.

Got to love it.

Comments (8)

Michael Therriault
Michael Therriault Contracting - M.T. Contracting - Blakeslee, PA
The name to remember when you want it done right.

Jack, Don't you just love those homeowner do-it-yourself installations. Nice post, great picture.

Apr 07, 2009 02:06 PM
Eric Reid
Renaissance Realty Group of Keller Williams Atlanta Partners - Lawrenceville, GA

Only thing missing was a fish or two ...

Apr 07, 2009 02:27 PM
Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

That is really funny Jack, did the homeowner have any clue.

Apr 07, 2009 02:34 PM
Jack Feldmann
Clayton Inspection Service, Inc. - Knoxville, TN

This was a flip house. There was just soooo many things the guy was clueless about. You know they don't sell those at Home Depot.

Apr 07, 2009 03:26 PM
Dan Callahan
Callahan's Home Inspections - Casper, WY

You mean thats not an acceptable way to cool the kids during the summer when its to hot and muggy to go outside?

Apr 08, 2009 01:57 AM
Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Maybe they should, clues might be a big mover.

Apr 08, 2009 02:31 PM
Robert Dirienzo
HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC - Franklin, TN
Home Inspections - Nashville TN

Well, close counts for something, doesn't it??!! 

Thank You,

Richard Acree


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Sep 26, 2009 02:03 PM
Jack Feldmann
Clayton Inspection Service, Inc. - Knoxville, TN

Close counts in horse shoes and hand grenades.

Sep 26, 2009 03:47 PM