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    Default Discharge Freeze

    Any ideas on how to thaw out or open up a frozen discharge line for a sump pump. From the foundation to the ditch I am about 65 feet. Obviously the slope on my line was not appropriate when put in.

    With that said what other worries besides the flooding should I be aware of. Currently I will be temporarily re-routing my pump to the sewer. I have checked my pump, float and in house lines and everything seems fine. No water coming out the end of the line.

    Any ideas? Much appreciated.

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    I have unthawed two inch lines with running water from a garden hose. I had acess to the discharge and the drainage was excellent. I ran water into the pipe and kept working the hose into the pipe. The running water is warmer than the ice and the movement helps to rot the the ice. If you have access to the line running water could thaw the ice and clear the line.
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    Talking new line

    if you got a line that was froze up
    you are wise to change out the whole line
    in the spring


    Its not really worth the gamble. next winter

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    I am going to try the hose idea. I will let you know how it goes.

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    Talking has it froze up again yet??

    if you got that sump line thawed out

    did that hose work out ok??



    has is froze up again yet??

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    Are heat tapes waterproof? Could a person put a heat tape in the line to keep it from freezing?
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