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They should have built that thing so it was a couple feet out of the ground and the top could have been used as a patio for the house.
originally posted by: Morningglory
Thinking of your poor mom in that shelter all alone is bad enough but when you mentioned sump pumps red flags went up.
I grew up near lake Michigan. Water in basements was a huge problem, most homes had sump pumps. Ours emptied into the field next to our house via a long pipe.
There was no screen/grate over the open end of the drain pipe and sometimes critters crawled through. The sump pump in the basement was open, no housing or grating.
During bad storms it was like the "Shawshank Redemption" for critters only they were coming in, not out. It was an old house/setup, without the pump the basement would've stayed wet all the time. We kept an eye out for soggy visitors/set traps. No snakes ever came in but a half drowned bat crawled through once, scared me to death.
It might be a no-brainer for you but but whoever set up our system sure didn't think about it. Animals will duck into pipes for shelter, so make sure whatever drainage pipes you install are firmly grated to keep them out. I'd hate for your mom to be stuck battling creepy critters in such close quarters.