How Extreme Weather effects your Sump Pumps.

Frigid Temps To Flash Floods: Extreme Weather And Your Sump Pump

Our first real cold snap in several years has passed, and we may be about to enjoy some lovely January freezing rain as we “thaw”. I wanted to say a few words about the effect of cold & snow on your sump pump system.

Most people forget about their sump pumps over the winter. With all of the frozen precipitation just sitting on the ground, who cares, right? Well, there are some big issues that can happen when the weather warms up a little. First, all of that snow and ice is simply stored water, sitting there waiting to melt and flow into the ground, down to your drain tile and sump pump. But wait, we all know that snow and ice will melt long before the ground itself thaws out – what then?!?

Frozen Falls Frozen Pumps
Frozen Falls Frozen Pumps

I’ll tell you what – with the ground frozen, it will not be able to absorb that water like it normally would in spring or summer. That melt water will flow to the side of your home’s foundation, then straight down into the drain tiles along the walls. The natural buffer created when the soil absorbs the water will not be there, so your sump pump system will be put to the test!

Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security just because it’s winter. Floods don’t only happen in spring, they can happen ANYTIME, so make sure you and your home are prepared.To learn more, call us at 847-967-PUMP (7867) or click here. We’re always happy to help and answer questions.

So be safe in the cold weather, and be alert as it starts to warm up…

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