2/11/2013: Snow melt & French drains

Short post today, you guys.  Thanks to the snow, it took me 90 minutes to drive 7 miles to work today.  Traffic was SO slow, that when I got stuck behind this guy it felt like I was hauling ass.


But, I digress.  Back to French drains.  If you have one, it might not be a bad idea to shovel out the discharge pipe in your yard.  (Good luck finding it.)  Just to make sure it’s not frozen/stuffed with snow/otherwise blocked.  In the event that the weather warms up quickly and we have significant snow melt, the ground will be saturated and your sump pump will be active.  If the water cannot exit the discharge pipe, it will be forced back down into the sump pit.

So if you have a few minutes and know where your discharge pipe is located, might be best to play it safe and dig it out.

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