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Frozen Sump Pump Hose: How to Prevent ?

ozziepuppy
March 6, 2010

Our sump pump recently failed due to the exit hose freezing solid. In other words, the water could not be pumped out because the exit was blocked with ice. Has anyone ever heard of this? We couldn't believe it when it happened. We ended up with a flooded finished basement and extensive water damage.

How can we prevent this from happening next winter? The part that was frozen was outside of the house. We live in Kansas with heavy clay soil and the sump pump runs a lot when we have had rain (in fact, we have two sump pumps: a regular one and a gravity back up pump that does not need electricity to run). The water damage was extensive and we would like to prevent this from happening again.

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