6 Tips to Avoid Your Sump Pump From Freezing

posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 in Blog

It’s not always that Ames, IA homeowners give attention to their sump pump system. But this cold season, it is crucial to include sump pump maintenance in your priorities. Here are six (6) to-do tips to prevent a frozen sump pump this winter.

1. Keep the Water Moving

Stagnant water has the highest possibility of freezing especially when it is incredibly cold. If you let the water to pool underneath your sump pump system, it is more likely to freeze. The frozen water might cause the sump pump to buckle and function indifferently. Therefore, be sure to keep the water running in the cold months. Allow the water to flow in and out of the pump to avoid unnecessary outcomes.

2. Reinforce Insulation in Your Plumbing System

Your goal is to ensure that the water stays warm this winter. By insulating the intake section and discharge line, you can keep the water from leaks and freezing. Quality insulation also reduces the risk of damage from external elements. Ask for the best insulating material you can use for the pipes.

3. Create a Slight Slope in the Sump Pump

Let the gravity do all the work in your sump pump system. Give the pipes a slight slope that allows the water to flow down naturally. You can create a slide or a trench at the end of the pipeline.

4. Protect the Pipes From The Outdoor Air

Your sump pump may freeze if the water pipes come in contact with the outside air. One way to avoid this is to bury the pipeline deeper in the ground while keeping a little portion of the pipes facing the daylight. Or, cover the pipes with a tarp or hay to prevent exposure from the cold temperature.

5. Adjust the Distance of the Pump and Discharge Hose

Connect a freeze-resistant hose to expand the distance between the wastewater area and the sump pump. Maintain a distance of 20 feet (minimum) and be sure to use a firm and smooth hose, so there is no room for the water to accumulate.

6. Give the Sump Pump a Break

When the sump pump is forced to work hard, it can overheat and breakdown earlier than expected. To avoid this, you need to redirect the water away from the basement to lighten the load of the pump. Do some works around the property or the foundation of the sump pump where the discharge hose can easily operate.

Keep your sump pump system working efficiently throughout the winter with these tips from C&K. We are your credible partner for your HVAC and plumbing needs. Call us whenever you need our help.