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Just imagine that you are installing a sump pump, have it in perfect working order to protect your basement from water damage, flooding and other basement problems, only to have the cold weather in the Greater Toronto Area just spoil your plans altogether. How could this happen? And what would be the best option for those who are interested in waterproofing their basement?
Who is the culprit?
If you have issues with a frozen sump pump, chances are that the extension hose is the culprit. The sump pump has an extension hose that extracts water from the sump pit. From there, it funnels the water away from the home to be drained elsewhere (preferably a safer location). This is a rather practical and handy option during the warmer months of the year.
Not only that, but you can use the hose to divert moisture to the driest areas of your yard, and you can use it to water your plants. However, you will find that it can turn against you and cause serious basement problems during the winter months. The very device that you relied on for waterproofing your basement is now turning against you – what is going on?
The problem with the hose
If the sump pump tries to use an extension hose that is covered in ice, the water cannot leave the home. Instead, it returns through the hose and goes into your basement. This means that a frozen sump pump can lead to overflowing of your basement sump pit, which means that you are now in serious trouble.
This can lead to floor damage in your basement or home, or it can lead to serious damage in your sump pump. If you want to avoid such serious consequences, you just have to detach your extension hose if the weather dips below freezing. Even if your hose does end up freezing, you can avoid basement damage by unplugging the sump pump altogether. This means that it is not going to turn on and try to remove the water from the sump pit.
Doing it right
Always make sure that you have a firmly-fastened pipe clamp correctly attached to the sump pump’s extension hose. This is the best way that you can avoid issues with a frozen sump pump. Always make sure that you stay ahead of the weather to determine how your sump pump may be affected. If you know that freezing weather is on the way, always disconnect your sump pump’s extension hose. If you are unsure what you are doing, you can always call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing to help you with your sump pump or plumbing needs.