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Old 08-24-2013, 09:09 PM  
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Default How do you prepare your sump pump for winter?

Hi, I've recently built a new home in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada and I'm wondering if there is anything I need to do to my sump pump and discharge hoses before winter comes? Ive never had a sump pump before and the builder has not helped me out. thanks

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i primed the pump on mine with water since it was not stayin running all the time and it has been working great since.

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No winterization should be necessary. Just let it sit in the crock until spring.
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You need to make sure your discharge hose does not freeze. Flexible hoses freeze easiest but even a solid pipe can freeze under some conditions when snow covers the end.
The best solution I seen is to replace the 90 degree fitting after the pipe comes out of the house with a T and a street 45. If the pipe freezes water will shoot out of the T instead of burning out your pump and or flooding the basement. The T will be straight up and down with the 45 attached up top directing the water away from the house.

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Thank you for the advice!
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:15 PM  
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I agree with guyod, you should definitely check your discharge hose. This post recommends you use a larger diameter hose. Probably not a bad idea.

However, I certainly wouldn't use any additives or chemicals to prevent any freezing...

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