Tar Heel Tip of the Week: Is your Discharge Line Ready for Winter?

Monday, November 9th, 2015


Your sump pump gets water out of your basement or crawl space and away
from your home through a pipe called a discharge line. The plastic pipe runs on the surface of the ground or in a shallow buried trench and discharges water onto the surface away from the house.

Is your Discharge Line Ready for Winter?

The problem with many discharge lines is cold temperatures. In winter, the outlet of the pipe becomes blocked with snow and ice. When the pump runs, it fills the discharge line with water. Since the water is unable to get out of the pipe due to the ice at the outlet, the whole pipe fills with water and freezes. Now your pump runs, but cannot get water out, and your basement floods. Just what you were trying to avoid!

Tar Heel Basement Systems has a solution to prevent this problem from
happening in your basement or crawl space. To meet with a Certified Basement Specialist, call our office today.