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A FreezeGuard discharge line attachment allows water to leave your property even when everything is frozen.

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When homeowners talk about basement waterproofing, they are mostly thinking about adding a sump pump and drainage system. However, there are other parts of the system that aren’t thought of as much but that are equally important. One of those is a FreezeGuard. It’s a device that is attached to the exterior discharge line. It’s a necessity in cold areas where water can freeze inside the lines.  

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How Does FreezeGuard Work?  

 A FreezeGuard is installed on top of the discharge line of your drainage system. A drainage system is a set of pipes that’s used to convey sewage or rainfall away to the point of disposal. The Freeze Guard provides an alternative opening for the water to pour out of when the line is frozen and clogged with ice. The water bypasses the rest of the system regardless of how the rest of the system works. The same thing will happen if the system is clogged in some other way.  

When the discharge line isn’t blocked, FreezeGuard won’t be used at all.  

What Are Discharge Lines?  

The discharge line is a part of the drainage system and an essential one at that. It’s how the sump pump moves excess water outside of the home to a place where it can’t do any more harm to the foundation or cause a flood. Without the discharge line, the pump would have no purpose since the water would have nowhere to go.  

Since a portion of the line is outside the home, the water inside of it can freeze when the temperature is below freezing. That, in turn, blocks the line and makes the whole drainage system useless.  

What Can Happen When the Discharge Line Freezes?  

Many homeowners are unaware that their discharge lines can freeze in the first place. That can happen and when it does, it can present a big problem. There are a few problems that come up when water can’t be removed through the pipes.  

Overflow into the Basement   

The most common problem that you’ll face when the discharger line is frozen is that water will flow back into the basement and flood it in the process. The water will flow back in through the sump pump since it will no longer be able to keep pumping and removing water and it, in turn, can’t get out.  

This is an especially difficult problem if the sump pump is made to move water into the sewer. That’s why it’s best not to set it up that way in the first place. However, if you haven’t done that, the water can still overflow into the basement if the lines are clogged with ice.  

Sump Pump No Longer Working   

The second issue happens even more frequently. In a lot of cases, the sump pump will simply start working if it can’t remove the water through the discharge pipe. That’s sometimes a better solution because it’s a way to make sure that the pump will be fully operational once the pipes are opened.  

However, if you need to use a sump pump and there’s an emergency in your basement, this just won’t do. The pump needs to be operational at any time if there’s heavy rain or snowfall and the basement sump pit starts to overflow with water. That’s why additional protection such as the FreezeGuard is needed.  

Water Buildup in Unexpected Places  

When the discharge lines are clogged, by ice or by any other debris blocking it, the water will build up somewhere else, usually in a place you haven’t planned for it to build up. That’s because the water pressure in the sump pump will build up and the water will be pushed out, regardless of where it can go.  

In most cases, that means that the pipe will burst and the water will start pouring out. It means that water can get back into the basement or discharge into the yard depending on where the pipe will burst. The water won’t stop running until you turn off the sump pump or until the source of the water is dried out.  

How Does the FreezeGuard Exterior Discharge Line Attachment Help?  

Installing a FreezeGuard exterior discharge line attachment is a way to prevent these problems. They are a useful addition to the discharge system that will make your home safer and buy you peace of mind when there’s harsh weather.    

Here are a few ways it does that. 

A Safety Backup  

As is the case with most things, a sump pump needs to have a system that will serve as a backup in case something goes wrong. That means that the FreezeGuard attachments aren’t there to be used very often but only if the weather is harsh and the sump pump and the discharge system may be in jeopardy.  

This is something that could be for you if you live in an area where harsh weather is common and there’s more chance that the discharge line may freeze in the winter. However, it’s a good idea to install them even if that’s a rarity and be on the safe side. The water will run out without you having to interfere with the line or without even knowing that it’s clogged with ice in the first place.  

A lot of the time, a homeowner isn’t present or able to react during an emergency. There are also many other things you could do during a flood or a heavy storm that may cause you to forget about your drainage system. That’s why FreezeGuard is there: to make sure water will leave your basement wherever you are at the time.  

Install the FreezeGuard Upfront  

When it comes to protecting your home from the elements, it’s best not to wait for something to happen before deciding on what kind of protection to install. Most homeowners install some sort of drainage system right away but decide on adding FreezeGuards once they experience the first frost. A much safer way to go is to prepare for the emergency before it strikes.  

Here at Foundation Systems of Michigan, we have a full set of drainage equipment and we’re prepared to install FreezeGuards and every other part of the drainage system at any time of the year. Don’t wait for the winter to add this attachment and you’ll be safe when the harsh weather hits.  

Only Used When Needed  

FreezeGuard is designed as a backup device meaning that it’s not activated when it’s not needed. It’s used and activated only when the discharge line itself freezes. The guard is a trap that goes on top of the discharge line.  When the line isn’t frozen, the water goes through it as planned.  

When the line freezes, the FreezeGuard is activated and starts doing what it was designed to do. The holes in the FreezeGuard are made to activate it regardless of how far up on the line the clog is formed. The water will run out without you having to interfere with the line or without even knowing that it’s clogged with ice in the first place.  

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FAQ's

One of the most useful features of FreezeGuard is that there’s nothing a homeowner needs to do to make sure it works. Once the attachment is installed, the whole process is automatic and FreezeGuard will do what it’s supposed to if there’s a problem with the discharge line. It’s therefore the best backup solution.  

No Need to Personally Step In  

A lot of the time, a homeowner isn’t present or able to react during an emergency. There are also many other things you could do during a flood or a heavy storm that may cause you to forget about your drainage system. That’s why FreezeGuard is there: to make sure water will leave your basement wherever you are at the time.  

That’s what makes the attachment a perfect addition to the sump pump system. The pump itself is made to automatically activate when there’s water in the sump pit and it needs to be removed. If your goal is to automate the drainage system, a FreezeGuard is a perfect addition to it, since it’s a hands-off type of addition.  

Install the FreezeGuard Upfront  

When it comes to protecting your home from the elements, it’s best not to wait for something to happen before deciding on what kind of protection to install. Most homeowners install some sort of drainage system right away but decide on adding FreezeGuards once they experience the first frost. A much safer way to go is to prepare for the emergency before it strikes.  

Here at Foundation Systems of Michigan, we have a full set of drainage equipment and we’re prepared to install FreezeGuards and every other part of the drainage system at any time of the year. Don’t wait for the winter to add this attachment and you’ll be safe when the harsh weather hits.

Many homeowners don’t install an anti-freezing measure because they aren’t aware that they need one in the first place. Problems with the discharge line become obvious only when it freezes and that’s when it’s too late to do anything about it. It’s important not to wait for this to happen.  

Freezing Temperatures  

If you’re wondering if you’re in an area that needs a FreezeGuard, it’s best to start with knowing how low the thermometer can go where you live. If your area dips below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, you may need to install the protection. That’s the temperature at which water freezes and your discharge line may clog with ice. Typically, the line will clog at lower temperatures than that since the water inside the line is in motion.  

It’s also important to figure out how long the water will be inside the line. If there’s a level of water inside the sump pit or the line, it will start to freeze. That means that if you have a lot of water to discharge, there’s more of a chance that it will freeze. However, cold snaps happen as well.  

How to Know If Your Home Potentially Reaches Freezing Temperatures 

Many areas that seem relatively warm, get cold enough for the water to freeze during the night. There are also freak weather events like whiteouts. When this happens, both your pipes and the discharge line may be in danger of bursting or clogging. It’s best to consult the experts installing your drainage system and install a FreezeGuard when installing the discharge line itself.  

The state of your crawl space is also an important feature to consider since it can leave the discharge line exposed to the cold. If the crawl space vents are uncovered, chances are that you’ll have more of a problem during the winter. It’s important to take steps to protect the crawl space and monitor how cold it is. Crawl spaces can be easily encapsulated with the help of the professional in the field. This is a long-term solution as important as installing a FreezeGuard.

The FreezeGuard system works with a lot of different sump pumps, but that doesn’t mean that any FreezeGuard is compatible with all sump pumps. That’s why it’s best to have the experts from Foundation Systems of Michigan assess what kind of attachments will work with your system and your sump pump.  

All Sump Pumps from Groundworks  

The FreezeGuard exterior discharge line attachment will work with all the sump pump that our crew installs. There are a few sump pump options that we offer and all of them can be improved by installing a FreezeGuard. We’ve taken steps to make sure that all of our products can be used in areas that have cold winters.  

If you’re improving or expanding your drainage system, adding a FreezeGuard is an option regardless of what kind of sump pump you’ve installed. Upgrades such as this can be easily done, without having to replace the whole system at once.  

Sump Pumps from Existing Installers  

A lot of the time, homeowners have a sump pump that wasn’t installed by our team and call us to get an estimate about an upgrade that would include a FreezeGuard. There’s nothing wrong with that and we can accommodate them as well. Our team will inspect the sump pump system and figure out what kind of FreezeGuard can be installed with it.  

One of the great features of a FreezeGuard system is that it’s rather flexible and that can be added to other and much older sump pump systems. Our crew is trained to assess these and to install them without jeopardizing the qualities of either the sump pump system or a FreezeGuard.  

Learn About Your Options  

One of the most important things you can do as a homeowner is to learn about your home and the equipment that you’ve installed to protect it. That’s often overlooked, but it’s the basis on which the homeowner can make any further decision about what their home needs. Start with learning about your sump pump, its manual, and how it works. The same should be done with the FreezeGuard itself before you decide to install it.  

Our team will help and help you select the FreezeGuard that will be compatible with your sump pump. We can do it even if you don’t know anything about the system but it still helps to be knowledgeable as a customer and to understand the offers we provide.

It’s very important to install the FreezeGuard correctly. That’s the only way for it to work and do what it’s supposed to. Keep in mind that you’ll need a professional to accomplish just that.  

How to Know Whether You Can Install FreezeGuard.  

The FreezeGuard system is a patent and it can only be installed by the installers that are authorized to do so. If you’re installing a sump pump system as a whole, make sure to use our service since we’re authorized to install the FreezeGurds in the process. That way you’ll get the whole package and be protected in the winter.  

A homeowner can’t install a FreezeGuard on their own and the device isn’t sold in stores by itself. It’s not a project that should be available for those who are interested in DIY repairs since it’s much better to leave it to those who are experts in the area, as our team is.  

Information from an Expert  

FreezeGuards are used in many homes, but every home is unique and how it can be protected depends on many factors. That’s why it’s important for our experts to examine the home and to make sure that the FreezeGuard is the solution that will best suit your home and its condition.  

We have an experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly team that it’s easy to work with. If you have any questions about choosing the FreezeGuard or about any other part of the process, don’t hesitate to ask and we’ll be happy to provide assistance and guidance.  

Add an Extra Layer of Protection to Your Sump Pump with the FreezeGuard Exterior Discharge Line Attachment  

Not every home needs a FreezeGuard exterior discharge line attachment. Those who live in areas where temperatures get below freezing can benefit from them since they are used to prevent the discharge line from clogging with ice. That’s sometimes necessary to make sure your sump pump is working and your basement is dry.  

It’s a useful addition to your sump pump system, even though it’s a minor one. Having a FreezeGuard doesn’t require a homeowner to do anything since it will work on its own and get activated when there’s a need for it. FreezeGuards are compatible with most sump pumps but you’ll need an expert to help you install them.

The Solution for Cold Areas  

Those who live in cold areas such as Detroit, MI are always worried about what the weather will do to their home. This is especially true for a drainage system since the pipes are the first to go when it comes to freezing-related damage. It’s especially important to be prepared for this during an emergency or while you’re away.  

FreezeGuard is a good long-term solution in this regard. It will allow you to have a backup option when the bad weather comes. If this happens often, the FreezeGuard will pay for itself quickly enough. It will do the same even if it’s not needed that often since you never know when you’re going to need it. Think of it as an investment in the safety of your home.  

Our team services the whole Detroit, MI area – alongside Alpena, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Newberry, Saginaw, Sault Ste. Marie, Toledo, and Traverse City – and it’s been doing that since 1993. In the process, we’ve inspected thousands of homes. Our team will inspect the home and its drainage system with great care. In a day, you’ll have a written quote. There’s a warranty for our work and it’s transferable. It’s also possible to choose one of many financing options and the pricing system is transparent and open.  Schedule a free inspection and find out how to install FreezeGuard as soon as possible.

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