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6 Tips to Avoid a Frozen Sump Pump


There are certain times of year in which you need to keep a close eye on all the installations and appliances in your home that use water, particularly during the dead of winter when it is unbearably cold. Places like your water heater, your plumbing, and your sump pump all need to be watched so that they are not frozen during some of the colder temperatures around your home.

Sump pumps are most often used in areas where there is high water. In these areas, basements often have problems with dampness, mold, or flooding issues. The sump pump works to eject water from your home to prevent these problems.

Here are some tips that can help you make sure your sump pump remains running no matter what time of year.

1. Keep your water running to keep it from freezing.

Water freezes not only because it is incredibly cold, but also because the water is not moving. If you allow the water to pool in the bottom of your sump pump, it will be much more likely to freeze. While it may not seem like a big deal to have a small amount of frozen water in your sump pump, it can become a serious issue as more of the water is unable to flow properly from frozen chunks holding up movement. Additionally, the ice will then cause you sump pump to buckle under the pressure of the dense frozen water. Before you know it, the sump pump is a just a jar of frozen ice that no longer functions.

So, make sure that the water keeps moving. Water flow is not as heavy during colder months, so keep an eye on your device. If you notice water is icy and pooling inside the pit, alter the settings of your appliance. Most sump pumps can do more than their average pumping by just turning up the setting to make sure more water flows in and out. By keeping the water moving, you can keep your device from freezing and breaking.