Sump Pump Running in the Dead of Winter? Here’s the Likely Reason Why
When wintertime comes around every year most people expect, and rightly so, that their Winnipeg home’s sump pump will stop running as much as it did during the warmer months. Some, however, notice that their sump pump seems to be engaging even after the ground is frozen. Let’s get to the bottom of why this might be happening.
Firstly, it is important to note that it is normal for sump pumps to run occasionally during the winter as a bit of melted snow will accumulate in the sump pit over time. If however, the operation of your sump pump is very irregular and continues for an extended period of time after it begins, then you know you’ve got a problem.
The most likely reason for a sump pump continually engaging in the dead of winter is that you did not remove its flex hose. The flex hose connects to your sump sump’s plastic drain piping somewhere along the exterior of your home, and is intended to direct sump water away from your home’s foundation.
If the flex hose is not removed during the fall and before frigid temperatures set in, then it will freeze and tamper with the operation of the sump pump. When the sump pump engages in order to pump out moisture that has accumulated in the sump pit, the frozen flex hose will block the moisture and cause the pump to run continually.
A sump pump which engages for long periods of time but isn’t able to remove moisture from the sump pit can overheat or even burn out. The good news is that this problem can easily be prevented by simply making flex hose detachment a part of your routine fall home maintenance. Don’t forget, however, to reattach it every spring so that your sump pump can do its job of diverting precipitation and melt water away from your home.
If you have any more questions about how to prepare your sump pump for the winter or about any of your home’s heating and cooling systems, then don’t hesitate to talk with the professional Winnipeg HVAC technicians at Shorty’s Plumbing & Heating Inc. We’ll make sure that your sump pump makes it through the harsh Winnipeg winter and is in good condition to do its job once the thaw comes.