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Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 by Gabe Wardin
Unfortunately, winter is here; and with winter, there comes snow and ice. Nobody likes snow and ice; it turns into slush, it makes it hard to walk, drive to work, etc. However, there is another dangerous aspect of winter conditions that many people don’t think about, and that is the fact that it can cause your sump pump discharge lines to freeze. This is never a good thing, because it can lead to your basement flooding, causing a major headache to any homeowner. Luckily, our IceGuard Discharge Line System is here to help.
Why is it a Problem If the Main Discharge Line Freezes?
If the main line freezes, it will eventually become backed up. If you have a discharge line that is backed up, your sump pump won’t be able to pump out water properly in the event of water in your basement. This will ultimately cause your basement to flood, and obviously that is what we are trying to avoid. No one expects their basement to flood in the middle of January, but I am here to tell you that it can happen. You could have a sump pump that is working perfectly fine, but at the end ofthe day, sump pumps can only do so much, and unfortunately, they do not have the power to keep discharge lines from freezing.
What Exactly is IceGuard and What Does it Do?
The IceGuard Discharge Line System is a fitting that is placed over the top of your discharge line in the event that water needs a secondary escape route. Normally, water will simply just flow out through the main line, but what happens when winter comes around and gives up freezing temperatures for four months straight? When that happens, there is a good chance that the main line will freeze. This is where the IceGuard comes in handy, because in the event that you have a frozen discharge line, the IceGuard kicks in and serves as a secondary escape route, allowing for water to get through the slotted openings you can see in the drain pipe. What this does is insure that any water your sump pump is removing from your basement is safely cleared away outside of your house, preventing any type of flooding from occurring. IceGuard is also a one-way valve, meaning that once the water is out, it can’t get back in. Last but not least, the IceGuard is compatible with all of our sump pump systems, so whether you have the TripleSafe or SmartSump, IceGuard will still get the job done.
Don’t Take the Risk
Winters around here are already brutal enough. Don’t add a flooded basement to the mess when it can be avoided by simply getting IceGuard installed. For the sake of your sanity, if you don’t have any protection in the event that your main discharge line freezes, please give us a call and we will get one of our System Design Specialists out to you as soon as possible.