Dealing with frozen discharge sump pump hose

What a miserable day it had been.

I went to bed late because I was out celebrating with my wife for her birthday.

Then the next day, super early in the morning, my wife told me there was a loud noise coming from the basement. I could actually hear the noise as soon as I woke up and it was pretty loud. I was worried that there might be a complication with the heating system, but fortunately that was not the case. The thing that was struggling and making all the loud noise was actually the sump pump. It turned out that the discharge hose that was outside of the house had frozen. The previous night, the temperatures dropped somewhere around negative 15 degrees fahrenheit and somewhere in that line there was frozen water. I tried digging up the line and seeing if I could get the ice to break, but I was unable to get to the clog. The actual clog was somewhere between the wall and where the pipe came back up outside and I couldn’t get to it. I tried pouring boiling hot water into the line which I thought would melt the ice, but it didn’t work. I even tried pouring alcohol in there, but that didn’t work either. At the end of the day, I ended up giving up. I am not sure what to do, I just was sick of being outside in the frigid temps while I wanted to get to my work in my office with the ideal temperature control settings. I ended up using a different discharge hose and sending the water out of a window, for the time being.


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