Tar Heel Tip of the Week: Beware of Freezing Discharge Lines

Monday, January 2nd, 2017 by Jaimie Hooker

Your sump pump gets the water out of your basement or crawl space and away from your house with a pipe–usually plastic also known as a discharge line. The pipe runs on the surface of the ground, or in a shallow buried trench, and discharges the water on to the surface away from the house. The Freezeguard System from Tar Heel Basement Systems

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

Tar Heel Basement Systems provides a solution–The FreezeGuard System. A specially engineered fitting attached to your discharge line that goes outside of your home and automatically ejects the water away from the exterior wall in the event the pipe freezes. The FreezeGuard is designed with holes in it to allow this to happen, yet no water at all gets out of these openings when the pipe is not frozen.

Are you interested in upgrading your sump pump and discharge lines to ensure your basement or crawl space remains dry all winter? Call our local office today.



About the author
Jaimie Hooker is the Assistant Marketing Director at Tar Heel Basement Systems; authoring case studies, technical papers, creating and captioning photo albums and managing website content. She also oversees the organization of video testimonials, shows and events, Jaimie lives in the small town of Madison, NC with her husband, Paul, and 3 year old son, Franklin.