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Frozen Sump Pump Problems?
Many homeowners depend on sump pumps to take water out of their basements. However, a frozen sump pump can cause significant worry.
During cold weather months, a concern for many is the possible freezing of water in the sump pump discharge line or around the foundation, resulting in potential damage not only to the sump pump, but also to the house.
The upright model has the motor on top and the pump at the base; it is installed in the bottom of the sump hole. The motor is turned on and off by a ball float that has a visible sentry light, reassuring you that the sump pump is operating (much like a freezer).
The submersible pump is completely immersed in water. The switch is attached to the pump and comes either with a ball float connected to a pressure switch or with an adjustable mercury-activated float switch.
A back-up battery-powered sump pump is available, starting at $250. The battery is hooked up to your home’s electrical system - always charged and ready to go. The pump takes over during times of power failures. Systems in a higher price range are said to be more effective as they determine the length of time the pump will remain active after power loss.
Tips on Avoiding a Frozen Sump Pump
The sump pump has to work harder when water in the discharge hose freezes, often causing the motor to overheat. Listen to the pump in order to determine if it is running more frequently or for longer periods of time. In such a case, it is a good idea to periodically shut the motor off in order to let it cool down.
Regardless of the model of sump pump you choose, following the above guidelines will help you avoid frozen sump pump problems and thereby alleviate your worries.
This article was written
by Herb Mansfield: