During the winter, when the temperature drops below freezing point, it is especially important to keep an eye on all the installations and appliances in your Boulder home. Otherwise, they might freeze. The sump pump is one of them.
Sump pumps are used to eject water from your home to prevent flooding issues. Unfortunately, the cold winter weather in Boulder can wreak havoc on your sump pump. If your sump pump freezes, it won’t be able to pump water out, and you may end up with a flooded basement.
By taking some precautionary measures, you can keep your house and pipes safe and save thousands of dollars in the long run. Here are some tips to protect your Boulder sump pump from freezing during the winter.
Give the sump pump a slight slope
Give a little slope to your sump pump pipe to prevent water from accumulating inside the pipe and ensure that water evacuates from the pipe easily. Make sure that the outlet of your Boulder sump pump is at a lower level than that of the sump pump. Respect the gravity.
Use wide pipes
Sump pumps typically have a 1 1/4’’ to 1 1/2” outlet. Use a discharge hose that is larger than average to reduce blockages. The discharge hose is more likely to become clogged if the water has a limited amount of space to pass through. Plus, an undersized discharge tubing will force the sump pump to run longer each time it is turned on.
Bury sump pump hose underground
During the Boulder winter, the earth’s ground creates a natural insulation, which keeps it warm. To prevent water from collecting and freezing in the hose bury the sump pump hose underground, preferably about 5 inches below the frost line. As long as it is buried on the ground, freezing won’t be an issue.
Disconnect the sump pump extension hose
Sump pumps are equipped with extension hose, which helps get rid of water and drain it away from your home. While this may seem beneficial during the summer, it is likely to freeze in winter.
To prevent freezing, we suggest that you remove the sump pump extension hose before the temperature outside drops below freezing level. Failure to do this may lead to a broken sump pump or a flooded basement.