A frozen sump pump discharge hose signals bad news for homeowners that have sump pumps installed in their cellar. When a sump pump hose stinks, the pump will work more difficult and will eventually fail because of overheating.
Meaning that it won’t perform its job of releasing water that accumulates around the foundation. Therefore, it’s vital that you help prevent sump pump lines from freezing to keep the basement protected from the flood.
The purpose of a sump pump, of course, would be to expel any rainwater that pops into your property. You may expect that water intrusion is not a problem in winter, but that is seldom the case. Rather than rain, you are dealing with melted snow (although we receive our share of chilly storms, too).
Tips to Prevent a Sump Pump Discharge Line from Freezing
- The sump pump discharge line must be buried in the yard or extended out above-grade on a downward slope.
- When the pipe is buried, it should be buried at least 12 centimeters beneath the frost line (the highest depth of ground below which the soil does not freeze). The section of pipe where the pipe meets the earth in the frost line and also at the end of the point where the water flow is where the pipe usually freezes.
- Property owners who choose an above-grade alternative should extend the release line away from the home at a downward incline. The slope doesn’t have to be intense, but continuous so that the water may flow. A hose that’s smooth, rigid, and freeze-resistant should be joined to the end of the discharge hose and should release water at least 6 meters away from the base. If the pipe is properly sloped, gravity will keep the water flowing (standing water from the pipe is more likely to freeze).
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