Legal advice question

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Hi all,

I purchased my first single family house (primary residence) in July of 2018 in a suburb outside Milwaukee. The market was very hot and we did not get a home inspection. In October of 2018 we had the sump pump motor go out and flooded the finished basement. We went and got the same 1/2 hp sump pump and replaced the old one only to have the motor fail yesterday and our basement to flood yet again. On the real estate condition report the owners who have lived there for over 40 years listed no previous knowledge of any water or leaking throughout the home. I feel like flooding twice in under a year or homeownership they are not telling the truth. They also had a squeegee that was in the garage. I’m wondering if you guys think this is worth getting a real estate lawyer involved in or if I have a leg to stand on. 

@Danny Stern does the basement show any water issues with the sump pump running? Have you checked the basics like cleaning gutters, making sure rain leaders are at least 4’ away from the house, etc.

I think it would be hard/impossible to prove that it flooded previously, especially if the sump pump was working when you bought the house.

Originally posted by @Mike McCarthy :

@Danny Stern does the basement show any water issues with the sump pump running? Have you checked the basics like cleaning gutters, making sure rain leaders are at least 4’ away from the house, etc.

I think it would be hard/impossible to prove that it flooded previously, especially if the sump pump was working when you bought the house.

 The basement does not show any  water damage when the sump pump is running. I checked the gutters and the spouts and everything looked good. I talked with the neighbor and he said he knew of them flooding one time. He knew them pretty well. My real estate agent contacted the old owners and have said they have never seen any water in the house. 

ANY house that has a sump sump, has it for a reason......it would be expected by Anyone that water comes in, and is redirected by the sump pump.  Also obvious, if that sump pump fails, said water Will rise.

You’ll never get anything from the previous owner, nor should you be able to.  Move on, try to mitigate the issue as mentioned above, buy the Highest quality pump you can.

Suggest you buy another sump pump have it on standby or have a redundant pump.

Check home warranty policy to include it. You pay a little and worry less.