Ode to the Sump Pumps

I was going to go to a council meeting tonight and listen to the lame dialogue, this would be lack of dialogue, between Administration and Council about our city budget. I am tired and really not in the mood to be bored to death when it should be a rather exciting meeting when your city is facing huge deficit.

I then thought that I would tell you about our flooring adventure. It occurred to me that it would be more fitting to write a thank you letter to my sump pumps.

Dear Sump Pumps,

Thank you for working nonstop from late Saturday night well into late Sunday night, early Monday morning.

Sump number 1 you never stopped to even take a break until 11:00 pm when you only shut off for about 30 seconds. How did you not burn out amazes me.

Sump number 2, without your assistance the basement would have flooded as you kept the water from cresting. Suspended over your companion sump number 1. you were cycling every 3 minutes.

What both of you could not see was that the neighbors yard was 80% underwater. The neighbors driveway and the side yard by where you both are located was under 2 inches of water. This is why the drain tiles were overwhelmed and you both had to work so hard yesterday.

The husband and I cannot even begin to express the gratitude that we feel for you both.

Neighbors back yard. I should mention this is a rental property and the renter was flooded out – again.

I think the husband and I are going to have a talk with Mr Landlord about the water problem. This water needs to be diverted from the side yard. Our sumps were pumping all the water that was infiltrating the drain tiles from neighbors yard. This makes me kinda angry because Mr Landlord has no sump and surely is not going to pay for our sumps when they burn out.

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2 Responses to “Ode to the Sump Pumps”


  1. 1 Nicole March 11, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that writes notes to my house and objects inside it!!!! šŸ™‚

    Great post. thanks for the blog love. I’ll return the favor when I get to updating next. (Soon.)

  2. 2 Michele March 11, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Nicole,

    Thanks for stopping by during these emotional/sleepless times that you and your mom are enduring. Enjoy these times with that little one. Now I need yet another tissue, so much sadness in the blog world these days.

    On a happier note, after I wrote piece this I had to laugh at myself because I really am indebted to these sump pumps. I love them and think that for their birthday we will buy them a battery back up system.


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