With the warm weather Winnipeg has experienced over the last couple days, there has been a lot of melt in the River City, which naturally has led to concern about sump pumps.

The fear is completely understandable - your sump pump is a major part of water prevention in your basement. Once the casing reaches a certain level of water, it shoots up to the surface and out to your front or back yard, usually with a hose attached to extend out so that the same water doesn't end up back in  your basement.

The question thus becomes when your hose should be reattached, and as much as we'd like to say that the telltale sign of spring can now be placed, the reality is you still have to wait a bit.

Sump pump hoses are generally plastic, which can crack in winter conditions either from external winds or internally from water-ice buildup. As such, you want to ensure that you're clear of the freeze zone.

Currently, the 14-day forecast from The Weather Network is calling for lows until the 20th to still be below freezing, so it is best to keep your sump pump hose stored.

Until then, if you are concerned about sump pump discharge, re-route the water using a large, flexible drain hose or consider placing a splash pad.

If you are concerned about the state of your sump pump as the melt continues, contact On Time Group right away at 204 774 1474 or book an appointment online with us.

Stay dry Winnipeg!