There is usually a way to set up the 2 1/2 inch discharge so that it can't
freeze. A couple of photos may help and allow people to give better
feedback or suggestions. But, my guess is that you won't be writing back or
responding to what anyone here writes or suggests.
On Thursday, February 20, 2014 4:50:35 PM UTC-5, TomR wrote:
Probably right that we won't be hearing back. Not sure what the
point was. And 2 1/2" discharge? Must be one hell of a sump pump.
If it's frozen, easiest thing to do is buy one of the flex ones that
only cost a few bucks at HD and use that temporarily.
On 2/20/2014 6:12 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I did get a flex discharge hose one time.
The usual sump pipe at my parents house
clogged, and Dad drilled a hole through
the sill plate to run the hose out to the
next door driveway. * We needed two lengths,
but I got the last one we could find any
After that, I bought a 1/2 HP sump from
Harbor freight, and adaptors to 75 feet of
inch and half blue line. Dad never had any
trouble with the sump after that.
I did use the pump once, on a totally unrelated
task. I still have it, which is likely why
the sump at parents house has been fine.
* Neighbor said it was OK, the water was all
going towards the street, and no animals were
A couple times when we've had torrential extended rainstorms my main sump
pump seems to be nearing max pumping and an overflow might happen. I drop a
smaller pump in the pit and run flex line to washtub and eliminate any
possibility of an overflow......insurance.
I came home once and found the basement floor wet. Sump pump was
Went outside and sump pump was surely putting out plenty from the 2"
First and only time in 30 years, probalby 34, that the sump pump
couldn't pump enough. I've been meaning to get a bigger pump, or a
basepump in addition, or a battery pump in addition. Can't make up my
mind. Or it may be another 30 years before it does that again.
On Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:12:54 -0800 (PST), " email@example.com"
Depending on your situation, I might not want to wait. What does the
pipe do after it exists your house. Mine stops, and then there is some
4" corrugated flexible black pipe that goes underground and out at the
edge of the hilll, just past my property lilne.
So if mine were frozen, I could use an electrict drill with a 1/2" bit
to drill a half-inch hole in the horizontal part of the ice. Once the
hole went th rough the ice, the pump would liquid water though tthe hole
and gradually make the hole bigger.
I might continuouslly fill the sump from the basement sink if I thought
it was going to freeze again before the hole was full size. Though if
it's raining now, it's not going to freeze except maybe at night when it
How would a flex hose help?
Well, mine is 2". It's in the basement and has to lift the water 8 feet
to get to the horizonatal discharge part. It will never freeze becaue
they didn't bother to put a check-valve, so right after the pump stops,
the discharge pipe empties, except what's below the water line in the
sump. I never thought this lack of a check valve was a good thing
On Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:37:06 PM UTC-5, micky wrote:
Hook it up to the sump pump and run it out a basement window
or to a drain somewhere.
Usually you have a check valve and the pipe pitching down from it's
highest point in the basement. That way it self drains and the
water is only left in the vertical section is inside, where it can't
On Thursday, February 20, 2014 1:00:15 PM UTC-6, pacca wrote:
n,cant empty sump ,i guess i have to wait until spring,it is now raining in
I installed a "WYE" in the line going from my pump to my outside discharge
line that is above ground for about a foot before it goes uunderground. T
he branch on the Y has a shutoff valve before it goes through the sill plat
e at the same height as the main discharge line. The alternate line goes a
bout 10 feet from the house and then diischarges above the ground into a dr
ainage swale the goes away from the house. The shutoff is normally closed
and the discharge goes normally underground.
When I suspect that the main line may freeze, like when it gets below zero
for a couple of nights, I open the alternate valve so that the discharge wi
ll be through the alternate pipe if the main pipe freezes. The alternate p
ipe is sloped sufficiently steeply enough that it drains completely before
it has a chance to freeze, and the next batch of water will flush away any
residual ice that might form in the pipe. Had this system for 40+ years, a
lways seems to work ok, only drawback is that someone needs to be hole to o
pen the valve.
Dont keep running the pump like that, or you might ruin the pump.
Waiting till spring is not a good idea. Once the snow starts to melt,
you will likely get water in the basement, and if that pipe is still
frozen, you'll get a flooded basement or ruin the pump (or both).
If the hose is attached with a hose clamp, or screws on, SHUT OFF THE
PUMP FIRST. Then remove the hose, and bring it on the house to thaw
out. Once thawed, put it back outside but be sure it's pitched
downward, and dont have sags. Duct tape it to a straight 2x4 if
needed to keep it from sagging. Also be sure the discharge end is
never buried under snow, because that will cause the water to backup
If you cant remove it now (frozen in), buy some cheap black plastic
sump pump pipe, or use some sections of 2" (or bigger), PVC drain
pipe. Spending $20 on some pipe or another hose is much cheaper than
ruining your pump and/or a flooded basement.
Another possibility is to temporarily pump it to a laundry tub or other
sanitary drain. It is really frowned on here, but necessity is a mother.
More permanently you could put a tee where the pipe exits the house and
run the pipe to the ceiling and across to a laundry tub (or whatever).
Presumably the higher head to the ceiling would prevent water taking
that path unless the outside drain was blocked.
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