Blog > 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.