Keep Your Sump Pump Discharge Line From Freezing

February 3, 2012 Author: Wayne Pumps

A sump pump is a key piece of equipment in your home, making sure it is properly functioning is an utmost priority in home maintenance.  In the winter months it is important to make sure your discharge line does not freeze.  Check all connection points to make sure no leakage is present inside and out, if there is a leak this has the potential of freezing.  During warmer months a leak may not be noticeable unless you have standing water around the discharge line.  As temperatures drop down to the freezing range the discharge line could freeze and damage your sump pump.  A pump running and not lowering the water level in the basin may indicate a frozen discharge line.  If the discharge line is visible outside your home make sure water is flowing out of the pipe when the pump is running.  If the discharge line is below grade freezing may occur at the frost line.  If the discharge line drains to the ground make sure there is a sloping grade away from your home.  Water sitting close to a foundation may filter back and run into the drain line to your sump pump causing a repetitive pump cycle and shorten the life of your sump pump.

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