Check Your Sump Pump!
If you own a tri-level unit in the Pacific Bluffs development your unit has one or more “sump pump(s).”
History of Sump Pumps and Flooding Tri-Levels
Pacific Bluffs Corps I and II were built by developer Ashton and Keis in 1965. When the first big rains struck San Diego the soil became saturated and ground water level began to rise. Tri-level units have basements that are below grade (below the outside ground level) and should have been built with electric sump pumps and french drain systems, but they were not. The tri-level units all flooded and the association sued the developer. The association won their lawsuit and these systems were put into place allowing homeowners to keep their basements dry.
However, in 2010 when the last El Nino struck some tri-level basements were flooded due to inoperable sump pumps. Since the association is not responsible for flooding due to an inoperable sump pump and most insurance does not cover water intrusion, these homeowners were stuck with serious damage, extensive clean up, expensive repair and an uninhabitable property.
What Are French Drains and Sump Pumps?
French drains are piping systems with holes which allow water to enter the pipe. French drain pipes are surrounded by crushed rock which allow the water to easily percolate down. Once the water enters the pipe it easily flows into a deep well or “sump.” As the water in the sump begins to rise, the float switch rises similar to the float in your toilet’s tank. When the float switch reaches a certain level, the electric pump is activated pumping the water out of the sump before it rises to a level where it enters your basement living space.
To avoid severe, costly damage to your basement have your sump pump inspected ASAP. For more information contact your HOA or refer to this website. Sump Pump Operation and Inspection Guide