I recently performed an inspection on a house built c.1968 that had this old pump, which was described as a “sump pump” on the seller’s disclosure; but I could see no sump well, and the pump itself said it is a “sumpless pump”, which as best I gather pumps water out of the drain tile if there is no actual sump under the basement floor, the presence of which I could neither confirm nor rule out.
The pump ran when I flipped the manual toggle switch on, but it did not operate automatically during the inspection, and I could see no mechanism for such operation, and it could not be tested for such operation without running massive amounts of water into a floor drain or the drain tile with a garden hose from the water heater, laundry sink, or outside. Well beyond the scope of an inspection. We are having virtual drought conditions, so I did not expect it to run automatically during the inspection, even if it does.
I just reported what I could observe, so this is not a question about reporting, but to satisfy my curiosity about this old (possibly installed when the house was built, based on the 7 digit phone number on it) pump, especially whether or not it has some sort of sensing mechanism to run automatically. Is anybody familiar enough with such a pump to know if it should run automatically?