If water in the sump pump hose freezes, your sump pump can overheat and burn out. There are two ways of preventing this. Try them out to see which works for your property.
In the fall, once the weather drops below freezing, disconnect the flexible sump pump hose outside.
- If you don’t already have one, attach a 90 degree elbow to the discharge outlet, and place a splash pad under the discharge outlet, or
- Fasten a larger size flexible, perforated drain hose or pipe (4″ or 6″ diameter) of suitable length to the discharge outlet (e.g., a piece of weeping tile pipe)Remember! In spring, reattach the hose you normally use or leave the winter one in place if it drains the water properly in spring and summer.