Frozen Sump Pump Line Send Chills Down Homeowners' Spines
Summary: A frozen sump pump line can
be very problematic. Read on to find
some practical ways to keep sump lines from freezing up in the winter.
Ah Winter, the brisk air, snow to shovel
or throw (if you've stepped into the conventional age), car windshields to scrape, and frozen sump pump lines. Now
the last item in the last may have never entered your mind. But a frozen sump pump
line can be more than an effect of winter weather. They can hit
homeowners where it hurts in the pocketbook.
How to Prevent a Frozen Sump Pump Line
There are some practical ways to keep sump lines from freezing
up in the winter. Heaven forbid if they have already frozen up there are also some ways to get the lines working
again and protect your sump pump investment. Heat tape can be
placed within the non-insulated portion of the pump's drain line. This should be done as a preparation for winter.
For additional insulation place a single layer of poly along with some hay along the length of where the drain line
runs. This should keep the line warm during the Winter and prevent freeze up.
Also, ensuring that the pump is placed in the right kind of
ground can make a big difference between lines freezing and not freezing up. A sand-like or rock/gravel like area
is best for a pump to be placed as opposed to clay like or dirt like areas. Gravel and sand allow the water
to drain more efficiently.
Products such as IceGuard are becoming rapidly popular since
it's a product that's specifically designed to pump's in the event the pipes in the home freeze. IceGuard is
designed to permit water to escape from the pump line even if the pipe outtake is underneath snow and ice. There
are no mechanisms or knobs to turn to get the IceGuard to do its job. It will automatically take over doing its job
in the winter time, giving property owners peace of mind. The IceGuard is designed with openings about 1 1/2 feet
to 2' above the ground that allow the water to escape the pump.