Why Is It Important to Maintain My Sump Pump for Winter?

snow covered home in winterWhen most people think about their basement sump pump, they think about the rainy months of the year – typically late spring and early fall. Many homeowners rely on their sump pumps to keep their basements free from water damage and flooding. During the freezing winter months, though, they might not consider their sump pump as an important means of keeping their basement water-free.

However, there are many reasons why you’ll want to make sure your sump pump is well-maintained during the chillier months of the year. In this article, we’ll talk about a few of those reasons, and what you as a homeowner can do to ensure your sump pump keeps running smoothly, no matter what the weather outside is like. Keep reading to learn more!

Reasons to Keep an Eye on Your Sump Pump This Winter

  • Unexpected Thaw: As many Northeasterners well know, we can experience heavy snowfall during the winter – as well as sudden, unexpected warm temperatures that can cause that massive amount of snow to thaw quickly. As a result, you’ll want to make sure your sump pump is working during the winter in order to ensure it’s ready to handle the water produced when the snow thaws.
  • Deep Freeze: Conversely, you’ll want to keep an eye on the weather to see if a long period of freezing temperatures is anticipated. If prolonged freezing conditions are expected, you’ll want to remove your sump pump’s discharge hose to prevent a frozen sump pump. This can at the very least make the sump pump ineffective until it thaws, but can also cause damage to the hose and pump as well. Remember to reattach it when warmer weather returns.
  • Debris Buildup: Dirt, debris, gunk, and ice can all collect in the sump pump’s pit, which can clog both the intake and discharge pipes. Clear out debris regularly. If you notice a lot of buildup in the sump pump pit, you should call a professional like Basement Waterproofing to have it cleaned professionally.
  • Basement Too Cold: Turning off the heat in your basement during the winter is not a good idea for a number of reasons. Not only can it wreak havoc with your sump pump; but it can also cause other pipes to freeze and burst. Make sure to keep your basement above freezing temperatures to keep your sump pump and other water lines safe.
  • Discharge Pipe Issues: The discharge pipe from your sump pump has an important job. It carries water away from your home, helping to keep your basement drier. Your discharge pipe should move the water away from the foundation wall. It’s also a good idea to keep an additional discharge hose on hand in case the original hose freezes, becomes clogged, or is damaged.

My sump pump is noisy. Is there something wrong with it?

There may be, but often the noise people hear is not the sump pump itself, but the check valve. At Basement Waterproofing, Inc., we can provide you with a check valve replacement that is designed to make your sump pump operate more quietly. And, we’re also happy to offer a battery backup system that can help keep your sump pump working properly, even when power is lost (which can sometimes happen during winter storms).

If you’re concerned about a noisy sump pump, or about losing your pump’s protection during a power outage, Basement Waterproofing is ready to help. Just give us a call at 800.439.4951 and we’ll be happy to help.

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