ABOUT SUMP PUMPS IN MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA HOMES
For home buyers coming to Maryland or Northern Virginia from Kansas, California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, etc. where homes are constructed without basements, MOST HOMES IN MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA HAVE BASEMENTS.
This fact is not known to many relocating home buyers. What is also not generally known about Maryland and Virginia homes is that we also have a lot of ground water. You can't just dig a hole in the ground and put a house foundation there without creating a solution to the ground water that may make it's way to the foundation. Also, homes with basements must have a way to expel water that collects from rain water that collects in stairwell drains and other areas where water collects.
THE SUMP PUMP IS THE MOST POPULAR SOLUTION in this area. In fact, it is unusual to find a home with a basement that does NOT have a sump pump. Even older homes built before sump pumps were required by County Building Codes, have had them installed to remedy web basement problems.
So, when our Homefinders.com buyer's agent shows you homes and you see a sump pump in the basement, be glad it's there.
Real estate in Maryland and Virginia with a basement and no sump pump is likely to be a wet basement.
Sump pumps will operate automatically when filled with water through a float activated system that pumps the water to the outside. Sump pumps should be serviced every year to keep the motor operating smoothy. You can also install a battery back-up for your sump pump in case you lose electricity to your home.