Frozen Sump Pump

Some of you may remember a blog I did on our sump pump– The Sound of Music I called it. I shared how I had come to depend on the reassuring sound of the motor humming followed by the “knock, knock, knock” that indicated water was being pumped out.

On Saturday afternoon hubby and I noticed the humming sound of the motor but the “knock, knock, knock” was missing. We looked at each other in horror and then shot down the basement to take a look.(It is a lovely thing isn’t it?)

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We disconnected the electricity and then the white pipe that is the exit pipe. We plugged her back up and she was working just fine- evidenced by us getting sprayed with water.

After determining the pump was fine we knew there had to be something else. We opened the area that allows access to the crawl space under the garage to see if the pipe had busted. All was well there. We knew the pipe had to have frozen once it exits the house. We bundled up and headed outside. Digging began.

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We have been wanting to redo the exit for our sump pump since we moved in. It is not buried properly (deep enough) which helped on our digging activities, but probably was the culprit in our pipe freezing. We dug the pipe up and then grabbed our plumbing snake to see what the issue was. About 3 – 4 feet into the pipe we hit something solid- it had to be ice!

We started heating up water to pour it on and down the pipe. In a bit Mike ran downstairs to see what joiner we had in case we needed to cut open the pipe. I continued to pour in water and low and behold an icicle floated to the edge of the pipe!  That was the best sight of the afternoon! I grabbed the snake and started breaking up the ice. The ice burst out, broke the pipe at the seam and water blew out everywhere! That was fantastic fun!

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Lucky for us we had one joiner and a 10 foot piece of pipe so we could piece things back together. A little primer, glue and finessing and it was all hooked back together with no ice!

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We still need to bury this thing, but for now it is back to humming AND knocking!

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Stay warm!

FGU

 


The Sound of Music: Sump Pump

sump pumpBeing from the city, I had not had a sump pump prior in my life.  When we moved out to the country a sump pump and septic system got introduced to my life.  The sump pump was a little irritating at first.  I could not figure out the “knock, knock, knock” I would hear from the basement at intervals. I would be sitting in my living room and there it would go– hum of the motor and “knock, knock, knock.”

With the septic I had to learn what products I could and could not use. That was such a blessing because that took me on the road to making my own cleaning products which I love doing and is another blog post!

Back to my sump pump.  Over the months I got used to the sound and started LOVING that sound.  When it rained I knew that little thing was at work to keep us dry.  I could go in the basement without fear of water down there.  The sump pump was gaining my respect.

A few months ago, we were out of town and the electricity went out and with that so did the sump pump.  When we came home the electricity was back on, but the sump pump was not.  An air bubble was caught up in it and it had failed to go back on.  AND guess what? We had water in the basement. YUCK!  Hubby got the pump going, we cleaned up and eventually the sump pump did its thing and dried us out.

Last night, Indiana was in the midst of the ice/snow storm.  A big fear was the power failing from the weight of the ice on the trees and wires.  We prepared by having flashlights out and candles.  We talked about if we had no power that would mean no heat, but we have lots of warm clothes, blankets, long underwear, etc so we would be ok.  We are stocked with food again after our grocery outing on Saturday.  We felt we were pretty good to go.

Except for one thing…the sump pump– oh, oh!  No mitigation for that going out! Of all things here, we are so dependent on that little guy running. And to think it irritated me when I moved in (so ashamed).  That was before I understood what an important role this thing plays in my every day comfort!

I found myself hoping against all hope and sending messages to the sump pump—–

“SUMP PUMP WE NEED YOU TO KEEP GOING! PLEASE LET ME HEAR YOU KNOCKING ALL NIGHT TAKING CARE OF OUR HOME AND US!”

The little guy kept going all night and was my sign as I laid in the dark that we had electricity and all was well.  That sound that used to interrupt me and irritate me has become such a comfort and last night was just the sound of music to my soul.

Happy Unleashing today! (stay warm and dry!)

FG