Old Man Winter is on his way. Make sure your home’s water well system is prepared and take the necessary steps to prevent a cold-weather malfunction or failure. We’ve compiled some of our easiest and most effective winterization tips for your well. Read on to see what you need to do.
Tips for Well Pumps and Accessories
Since the water for wells comes from underground sources, most systems make it through the cold weather months with few or no issues at all. If a problem should occur, it typically happens at or aboveground. Before winter arrives, double-check your well hole and make sure it is in good shape and properly sealed to protect the vital parts below. Aboveground components should be protected by a well house or other insulated structure. Add a light bulb and/or heat tape to keep temperatures inside the well house above freezing.
And just to be on the safe side, it never hurts to have your well components undergo a pre-season well inspection by a licensed pro. We are happy to perform this task for you – just give us a call.
Don’t Forget Those Pipes!
No one wants to come home and find a pile of ice underneath the sink. Water expands when it freezes, and since things get awfully cold here in central Indiana, pipes unfortunately can and do burst every winter.
Make sure your home’s plumbing is wrapped with pipe insulation and/or heat tape. Keep cabinets open so that warm air circulates better (some people even install small light bulbs in their cabinetry under plumbing fixtures). If you have exposed pipes in the basement or crawl space, make sure those areas are insulated as well. And remember to leave faucets on a slow drip if you plan on being away from home for an extended amount of time.
Power outages happen all the time during winter, due in part to heavier utility usage. Protect your home from a loss of electricity by investing in a backup generator. These devices are well worth the investment, believe us!
Expert Water Well Advice & Service
We hope these winterization tips help, and that you are already utilizing some of the advice shared here. Remember to check your system annually, even if you’ve taken these proactive steps before. Insulation can deteriorate; tape can fall off; and bulbs can burn out. Prevention is key. Would you like to learn more? Contact us today for friendly, expert, and of course free advice.