Winter is coming. Before it gets too cold it is good to think about protecting your well in the upcoming winter months.
Here are 3 suggestions to keep your well safe this season.
Protect Your Pump
Many wells are buried deep in the ground and protected from the cold temperatures. But if your pump is above ground it should be insulated and warm. If temperatures will drop below 32 degrees build a small “house” around your system. This can save you money down the line on repairs. If you need help, contact a contractor.
Protect Your Pipes
Frozen pipes are a common problem for homeowners in the winter. Water freezes and expands that lead to busted pipes, this can lead to damage in both your well and home. To avoid this these costs here are a few steps to help:
Turn of your exterior water and blow out your pipes
Your house should have shut-off valves for exterior water supply. If so, turn off water that flows to outside irrigation systems and faucets. Once turned off, drain remaining water or use a air compressor to blow out pipes. If you don’t have an outside valve you may need to contact a contractor for other options to shut off water.
Insulate your pipes
If your pipes run through areas that are not heated such as a basement make sure that you insulated pipes. Wrap them with rubber castings or fiberglass insulation. This will help keep water from reaching freezing temperatures.
Inspect your pipes
Inspect your pipes before the weather gets too cold. Being proactive and making sure there are no problems now can save you time and money this winter.
Prepare for a Power Outage
Hopefully there are no power outages this winter but it is always better to safe and not sorry. Two ways to do this are to have a gas powered generator and enough gas to power your pumping system. Next, have a stock pile of bottled water in case of a prolonged outage.
If you need help getting your well ready for winter don’t hesitate to reach out to a contractor.