Rowhome built on spring - alternatives to sump pump?

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I was considering buying a rowhome in Baltmore that seems to be built on a spring. In the basement there is a sump pump with a backup pump. There is water visibly running into the sump pump at all times (it looks like two hoses are turned on and pouring into the pump) The pump empties into the front gutter every 10-15 minutes. The two home next to this one and the one behind it seem to have the same issue but none of the other homes on the street do. The current owner has had this issue for at least 12 years and had had the concrete ripped up in front of the home recently (we think because the drain had clogged).

I don't think sump pumps are meant to run this much so I was wondering if anyone thinks there are any alternatives to running a sump pump day and night? Could more drains be put into basement? The hot water heater and the furnace are in the basement so we don't want flooding.
 

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I was considering buying a rowhome in Baltmore that seems to be built on a spring. In the basement there is a sump pump with a backup pump. There is water visibly running into the sump pump at all times (it looks like two hoses are turned on and pouring into the pump) The pump empties into the front gutter every 10-15 minutes. The two home next to this one and the one behind it seem to have the same issue but none of the other homes on the street do. The current owner has had this issue for at least 12 years and had had the concrete ripped up in front of the home recently (we think because the drain had clogged).

I don't think sump pumps are meant to run this much so I was wondering if anyone thinks there are any alternatives to running a sump pump day and night? Could more drains be put into basement? The hot water heater and the furnace are in the basement so we don't want flooding.
you could do a French drain around the interior perimeter of the foundation. and have it flow in a couple of different directions to a couple of deeper pits.......not sure if sealing the outside foundation walls would work...whats the reason the owner is selling....don't forget if you loose power you will flood...there are battery backup systems...but if its pumping that much you don't know how long the battery will last....you could also have a company who deals with...water in basements tell you whats fesable
 

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I would run as far away from that as possible. What good could come from it as opposed to what could go bad. I have seen the bad and it is bad.
 

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