If you are contending with cold weather, it may seem that anything could happen. If you live in a very cold area, your well and pumps may be exposed to harsh weather during some months of the year. If you are looking for ways to keep the cold weather at bay and your water flowing, ensure that you follow these tips.
1. Keep doors close.
Even a pump house door can provide some form of insulation. If you actually do not have a pump house at the moment, you might want to invest in one. Any small structure will do, even a small house designed for an animal or a shed. The key is to provide some warmth for the wintertime cold.
2. Use pipe insulation as necessary.
Insulating your pipes can ease some of your cold weather woes, and the insulation is also easy to find. If you are not interested in insulating the pipes, you might consider wrapping your pipes with heat tape. Anything exposed should be covered however possible. Fortunately, underground pipes are usually safe from the cold weather that we face.
3. If the temperature drops below freezing, prepare for the worst.
If you notice the temperature dropping below the freezing point, you should probably check your pipes more often. If the pipes, pump, and well experience freezing temperatures, you might notice that your flow of water suddenly stops.
4. Insulate crawl space areas.
If you have pipes above ground entering your home through crawl space areas, it is smart to provide them with some insulation. Home insulation and pipe insulation are both smart choices.
5. Ensure your well is properly sealed.
Anytime you have sealing issues, ensure that you take care of them before the harsh cold of winter falls. Consider potential sealing issues related to pipes, pipe housing, and crawlspaces as well.
6. Prepare for a power outage.
Is your water setup prepared for an emergency situation? What will happen if you face a natural disaster or a snow storm this winter? It is important to build a plan of action ahead of time.
The good news is that most people never experience serious issues with their pumps and wells during the winter. If you still have questions about your well, pump, or pipes, make sure to schedule an appointment with a professional, such as Modern Pump & Equipment, who is ready to address your concerns. It may be simpler than you think.