Originally Posted by Jim Hef
If the power failed and that's why the pump didn't work, then you will be covered. If it was by builder's neglect to not install the pump correctly, then he will need to cover it via his insurance company.
Good luck with that, but I agree with others that stated they're trash at this point.
It was by builder's neglect. He installed an inadaquate pump, and he also installed in improperly. On top of that he had prior knowledge of the flooding issues and told me it was because the house had been without power for a week during heavy rains.
The old pump burned out, which should not happen in a three month old home... and when I pulled it out it wasn't hooked up right and the builders/subcontractors had put trash in the sump pit. A plastic bag that they had left in there had been sucked into the intake hole of the sump pump causing it to not draw in water and burn out the motor.
Now I just can't decide if I should talk to the builder again to let them try to take care of this, or if I should just go ahead and talk to my lawyer to file suit. I think I should probably try to let the builder remedy the situation, but I'm afraid he would just reimburse me for the pump I had to install last night and not be willing to pay for any of the damages. All said and done I lost almost $10,000 worth of stuff I had stored in the basement.
The other issue that I found out about recently, completely unrelated but you can see how he operates. He never filed for a final occupancy permit on my home, but told me he had. I was living there illegally for two months before I found out about this from my mortgage company.
Any thoughts on where I should go from here?
Thanks again for all the help!