I inspected a home this week that has a sump pump. We had a warm up and it melted off 8 " of snow. Needles to say, I found 2 inches of water on the bare cement floor that had came from the sump pump pit. Thank goodness the electric panel was not in that area. I could see that the pump was plugged in. So I went to the panel and found that the breaker was in the off position. I flipped it on and the pump did its thing. Later on in the inspection, the Realtor showed up to lock up and make sure everything was shut down. I was done and I told her about the sump pump being turned off and the water on the floor. We went down stairs to look at it. She then went over to electrical panel and shut off the main breaker to the panel. thus killing all of the power to the house. She had turned on the power for me before she had left. And what did she turn off? The sump pump! I told her that she had turned it off. she said that she was only following the directive of the bank to shut off all power in the the house! So what am I trying to say here? If you are listing the home for the bank, make sure that you impress on them that they really need to at least leave on the sump pump to help prevent water damage to the interior areas. In this case, the water was only 8 feet from the family room that has beautiful hardwood floor that would have been destroyed if the water had made it there. Thanks for letting me rant here, and may you all have many happy sales, and inspections.
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