Good Reminder for Homeowners

Home Inspector with SLS Home Inspections-Kankakee Will Iroquois Grundy Counties 450.004175

Old post but really good reminder for any homeowner.

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

This sump pump discharge pipe 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 (10)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Scott- you are so right...water always wins. This is why it is so important to have a home inspection!!!

Jan 19, 2022 06:35 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Scott - Water is both friend and foe, isn't it?  It reminds me of the saying attributed to Sun Tzu "keep your friends close; keep your enemies closer".   Awareness is key.  

Jan 20, 2022 05:08 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jan 22, 2022 05:51 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Scott. Water always win is a message that everyone should heed. Enjoy your day

Jan 23, 2022 05:12 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Water always wins.....and I've seen some big issues over the years. One house flooded out from a toilet that leaked and OMG it caused over 50K in damage is such a short period of time.

Jan 23, 2022 09:48 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning @Scott Seaton Jr.

I really like the quote



Jan 23, 2022 10:01 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Scott - that is why every buyer should insist on a home inspection.  And water always does win.

Jan 23, 2022 12:32 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Water can cause major issues if it's not where it's supposed to be!

Jan 23, 2022 02:19 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Scott:

I think "Water always wins" is a good mantra for homeowners! I know I have experienced it on a couple of occasions over the years.


Jan 23, 2022 07:26 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

That's a bonus being under a warranty even though the defect was discovered during the inspection.  In Arizona, that item would be excluded from any home warranty as it's a pre-existing issue.  

Jan 24, 2022 10:18 AM