Sump pump running a lot in winter?
December 11, 2012 8:30 PM Subscribe
Why is my sump pump still running this winter and how can I correct it?
posted by WinnipegDragon to home & garden (4 answers total)
So, we had a little warm spell including rain about three weeks ago, so I suspect that the ground is still a bit wet, and the water table is high, but the temperatures here in Winnipeg have been in the negative double digits celsius since then. So why is my sump pump still discharging every two hours or so?
There is no way to run a hose from the pump and keep it from freezing, so what I suspect is that the water is just discharging next to the foundation and going right back to the weeping tile. I thought the hard freeze would fix this, but so far, it hasn't.
What I'm trying to do now is leave the hose attached during the day to pump the water further away from the foundation when someone is home to listen for the pump in case the hose freezes, and then bring it indoors at night to de-ice in a utility sink. I can't think of any other solutions, and I'm concerned that maybe there is a leak somewhere that is causing the issue.
This is driving me nuts. Help!