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WINTER TIPS

Posted on 03/08/2018 by Ted

Well and pump readiness starts with taking a look in your pump shed to check and see what you need to be prepared for a multi-day cold spell.

INSIDE SHED:

  • Seal drafts
  • Insulate shed walls and ceilings
  • Heat source - small heater set to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (Note:  Do not use a light bulb as it does not provide adequate heat and they do burn out!)  Alternate: Use heat tape on all exposed pipes in the shed.  Make sure a pressure switch nipple is included.

OUTSIDE AREAS:

  • Drain irrigation system including backflow device.
  • Remove all hoses from the yard hydrants including from silcocks on the house.
  • Close or cover crawl space vents on the house.

WELL HEAD:

  • If the pipes extend out of the top of the well seal, then you need to insulate and cover the well head.  A 30 gallon plastic trash can turned upside down works well as it allows space for insulation and keeps it dry.
  • If your well head is a pitless adapter installation, insulation is not necessary.

EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE AND UPGRADING:

  • During the off season is the best time to do your maintenance and system upgrading, so that it is ready when you need it.

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