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How to Prevent Sump Pumps from Freezing

Many Washington DC homeowners rely on sump pumps to keep their basements dry. However, frozen sump pumps are a major concern, as they can lead to property damage, expensive repairs, and major headaches. Follow these tips to help make sure your Washington DC home's sump pump does not freeze during cold winter months.

  • Make sure your sump pump's discharge hose is large enough to give water more space to pass through, thus given less of an opportunity to freeze.
  • Landscape to increase the gradient around your property to direct water flow away from the house and foundation.
  • Check that the exit point for water removal is lower than the sump pump, which will help the water flow during freezing temperatures.
  • Bury the sump pump discharge line in the ground and insulate any above-ground pipe sections with heat tape.
  • Ensure that the pump is placed in a sand- or gravel-like area, as these materials allow the water to drain more efficiently than in a clay- or dirt-like area.

For more information and tips on how to prevent sump pumps from freezing and keep them running efficiently, contact Value Dry Waterproofing. Value Dry specializes in basement waterproofing and remodeling, as well as mold and mildew remediation, plumbing, electrical, and cable work for homes throughout the Washington DC and Northern Virginia area.

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