Need exterior sump pump help

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by rcatty, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. rcatty

    rcatty New Member

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    I have a tight, rough area of my house where water collects, and the foundation is not graded properly. There is no room to add soil to fix the grading issues. I thought I could install an exterior sump pump in the immediate area. However, freezing will be an issue considering this is in a northern, cold climate where winter temps routinely are below zero. Can an exterior pump be safely installed below the freeze line, and not be subject to freezing? How successful can such a pump operate to move water from say a small, 3'X5' area? Thank you.
  2. Reach4

    Reach4 Active Member

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    That works, but expect to shut the pump down when the pipe going out might freeze. Have a method to drain the pipe before serious freezing. That could include not having a check valve at the pump, or drilling a small hole after the check valve but below the frost level to allow draining back. Watch the slope so the drain pipe does not have a place for water to settle.
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