AquaStop FreezeGuard™ Exterior Discharge Line Attachment
In your home’s defense against the elements, your sump pump can be vulnerable to freezing in cold temperatures. If your area experiences frigid seasons, you might benefit from the AquaStop FreezeGuard™ exterior discharge line attachment.
The AquaStop FreezeGuard™ is a specialized attachment that is added to your sump pump system’s exterior discharge line just outside the home. It allows water to escape, protecting the basement from flooding and the sump pump from being overworked. It’s a backup plan for your sump pump that kicks into gear exactly when needed.
An exterior discharge line attachment is an add-on to your home’s sump pump. Here’s what you need to know about the AquaStop FreezeGuard™.
How Does the AquaStop FreezeGuard™ Exterior Discharge Line Attachment Help?
The AquaStop FreezeGuard™ exterior discharge line attachment is a great way to avoid many of the problems that can occur from a frozen discharge line. If you’re not convinced yet, here are a few of the best ways this attachment will make your home safer, especially during freezing temperatures.
- Backup for Safety
As with many things about sump pumps, the AquaStop FreezeGuard™ exterior discharge line attachment is a safety backup. You shouldn’t need to use it very often, but it will keep your exterior discharge line safe, secure, and clear in case of an issue. This backup is important because your sump pump is similar.
Ideally, you shouldn’t have to use your sump pump very often. However, you might add a sump pump in your basement to remove water if something bad does happen and an emergency occurs in the basement. The same concept holds true with the AquaStop FreezeGuard™ exterior discharge line attachment. You don’t want to have to use it, but you might need it at some point.
- Only Engages When the Discharge Line Freezes
Because of the unique design of the AquaStop FreezeGuard™, it only engages when the discharge line itself freezes. Essentially, it’s a trap that goes on top of the discharge line. When everything is working normally, the water rushes directly through, going through the discharge line as normal.
However, as soon as the discharge line freezes, the AquaStop FreezeGuard™ exterior discharge line attachment comes into play. Because there are holes in the AquaStop FreezeGuard™ attachment, it doesn’t matter how far up the discharge line the freezing issue is. The water can run out without anyone having to interfere with the product.
- Best for Very Cold Areas
If you live in a very cold area, you may worry about what will happen if certain things freeze. Will your pipes freeze? Will your sump pump discharge line freeze? What happens if any of these things come about and then you have an emergency?
The AquaStop FreezeGuard™ attachment is a great answer. Weather can be unpredictable–but the AquaStop FreezeGuard™ will engage and keep your home safe right when you need it.
What Do Exterior Discharge Line Attachments Prevent?
Some homeowners may not know that the discharge line can freeze over in the first place. The discharge line freezing is a huge problem. If your sump pump’s exterior discharge line freezes, here are a few of the things that can happen.
- Overflow Into the Basement
The first problem that can occur is basement overflow. When the discharge line freezes over, water can flow back through the sump pump. Because the sump pump continues to exert suction in many different ways, it’s common for water to come back through the sump pump and flood your basement even more.
This is a huge problem if the initial installation of your sump pump was installed with shortcuts like running the sump pump into the sewer. Even without these shortcuts, you can still have basement overflow which ruins the area where your sump pump resides.
- Sump Pump No Longer Working
The second problem is even simpler. If your discharge line freezes over during a flood emergency, the sump pump just won’t work. Where is the water supposed to go if the discharge line is full of ice? The water can’t go anywhere, which means the sump pump won’t pump anything out.
This means you have to wait until the discharge line thaws before you can use your sump pump. Especially if you live in an area where the weather stays cold for weeks on end, this could just not be an option. You need to be able to use your sump pump whenever you have an emergency, not just if the weather is warm.
- Water Buildup in Unexpected Places
When the discharge line becomes clogged, whether by ice, debris, or more, there will be water buildup you weren’t expecting. That’s because the water pressure in the sump pump discharge line will typically start to build up and look for a way out, no matter what that way out happens to be.
You could end up with a burst pipe through the discharge line somewhere as the water pressure builds to a crescendo. That can dump the water somewhere completely different or even back into your basement, where the sump pump will pick it up again. That creates a cycle that won’t stop until you fix the discharge line and this new problem.
AquaStop FreezeGuard™ Is The Backup Plan All Homeowners Could Benefit From
While no one can control the weather, we can work together to plan ahead for the worst of it. Frozen discharge lines have the ability to thaw, but that won’t undo the potential damage it can do to your home.
The AquaStop FreezeGuard™ gives you the best return on investment in case of bad weather events or existing equipment malfunctions. Don’t wait until the problem finds you–you can stop it before it has the chance with the discharge line safeguard built by experts. Talk to an expert in basement waterproofing today to avoid trouble tomorrow.