Winterize Your Water Well in Monroe, NC Before the Cold Comes

November 6, 2019 7:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The cold weather of winter will be here before you know it, which means it’s important for you as a homeowner to take some of the necessary precautions around your home to be fully prepared. If your home relies on well water, one of the steps you should take is to winterize your well in Monroe, NC.

Some of the most common issues that occur during cold weather include frozen pipes, problems with the pump and power loss that affects your well water delivery. Here’s how you can avoid some of these issues.

Preventing well pump issues

Water well pumps are generally installed underground, in the area where the well drilling team dug out a hole to access the groundwater. There are, however, some circumstances in which these pumps will be located above ground. It is the above-ground pumps that are more likely to have problems in the winter, because underground pumps will be insulated against the cold weather by layers of earth.

For these above-ground pumps, it is a good idea to create a small well house that is well insulated, and has a flood light inside so you can easily see around. Having that well-insulated housing will keep temperatures under control and prevent the well pump components from getting frozen. It’s a good idea to install such housing when you install your well, but you can add one in the future if you need to.

Preventing frozen plumbing lines

The groundwater that the well accesses will almost never freeze, because it’s located so far underground. But that water has to get to your home somehow, and the pipes that carry the water up to the surface and into your home do need to come above ground to be able to get inside the home. These pipes can freeze, so it is crucial that you make the proper effort to insulate them against the cold. To do this, wrap them with heat tape or pipe insulation. If you have pipes that are protected by a structure or crawl space, make sure to insulate that space as well as the pipes. You can find insulating material at your local hardware store or home center.

Dealing with issues of power loss

Losing power at your home is never a pleasant situation, but it becomes especially dangerous during the wintertime when temperatures are far below freezing. Not only does it mean a lack of heat, but it also means a loss of water if you’re running on a water well.

There are several methods you can use to still get water during a power outage. Portable generators can help ensure a backup water supply, but you’ll also need to have gasoline or diesel on hand to make sure they’re able to keep running. There are also emergency standby generators that run on propane or natural gas, but you can expect to pay much more for this sort of system. It’s a good idea in any case to have emergency fresh water on hand in the event of an outage.

For more information about preventing water well freezing in Monroe, NC, contact Love Well & Pump Supply, LLC today.

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