Water is Not Your Friend, Inside the Home

Home Inspector with SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno 450.004175

I've said it before...Water always wins and is not your friend inside your home.

This sump pump discharge jumped out at me the minute I saw it at my Bourbonnais Illinois Home inspection.

Matted down grass. Moss growing on the wall. Large opening where the pipe exits the wall. It took every ounce of willpower to not run inside the house and look at the interior wall, joists and plywood. The house next door had an elbow directing the water down into the drain pipe away from the house.

sump wall

This house was a bit different. When the pump turned on, the water was moving with such force and volume that most splashed outside the drain pipe on the ground. Some was splashed back into the pipe opening into the wall cavity. And of course some also went down the pipe where it is supposed to go. 


All the water that went on the ground and back into the wall cavity confirm the age old rule. 


What I saw inside the basement has the buyer very concerned. It's clear from the color of the joist and rim board that this has been an issue for sometime. I removed the insulation to find this mess. The water is actually dripping from the insulation on the far right. Good news is that it's dripping and running right back into the sump pit.


Making sure that water goes where it's supposed to is critical to the health of every home. I'll do everything I can at SLS Home Inspections to find your water problems. 

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Scott Seaton-The Home Inspector With A Heart 

SLS Home Inspections @815-644-6271

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Comments (5)

Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Scott. You photos do not show and the constant font change is hard to read. That said, water isn't your friend in the home for sure.

Dec 29, 2019 05:40 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

Thanks Sheila, I think I fixed the picture issue. Sorry about that.

Dec 29, 2019 06:12 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector I'm a fan of installing a drain from the bottom of the foundation and out to daylight...

Dec 29, 2019 05:46 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

Agreed Barb, I actually have a water pressure sump pump in my basement, no electricity needed to operate.

Dec 29, 2019 06:14 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Scott - it's been said we should "keep friends close and enemies closer".  Your post brings that thought to mind.  Be mindful.   Stay aware.  

Dec 29, 2019 06:08 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

Thanks Michael, good advice and applies to a whole bunch of things.

Dec 29, 2019 06:15 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Scott, when I bought my home last year, I found mold growing up a wall.  Water is NOT our friend, for sure! 

Dec 29, 2019 09:06 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

While some people can tolerate mold in the home health wise, the sight of mold means there is a water source that must be located and corrected, asap.

Dec 30, 2019 07:16 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful discussion on the subject.  We have been fortunate on this subject in the homes we have lived it.  Wishing you a wonderful New Year.  A

Dec 29, 2019 11:06 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

Thank you, happy new year to you too.  

Dec 30, 2019 07:17 AM