As the weather cools down, it’s time to prepare your water well system for the winter. If you don’t properly winterize, your pumps and piping may freeze and cause a lot of issues and inconvenience. In addition to scheduling a basic well inspection, here’s a closer look at how to get your system ready for the colder months.
A Guide to Winterizing Your Water Well
How to Protect Your Well Pump
If temperatures drop below freezing, the water in your pump may also freeze as the water’s heat transfers to the air. A frozen water pump often disables the pressure switch, rendering you unable to turn the pump on and off. Thus, a frozen pump may leave you without water or lead to burst pipes and flooding.
Luckily, you can protect your pressure switch from the cold by directing a heat lamp, heater, or another small heat source at the switch. Remember to be cautious and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid a fire.
If your pump is above the ground, building a well housing is probably your best overall bet. Whether you construct it from wood, metal, or cement blocks, be sure to insulate it on all sides to prevent freezing. Finally, installing a small heater—such as in a baseboard—will provide the necessary protection.
How to Protect Your Pipes Without Leaving the Water Running
Many people want to prevent their water supply from freezing but don’t want to leave the water running all night and increase their energy bill—after all, in Wisconsin, this isn’t such a viable option.
If you feel the same way, building the aforementioned well house will provide shelter against freezing. What about once the water leaves the well? A further measure is to cover the pipes with foam insulating sleeves. Since the water in your well is below the frost line, you don’t have to worry about the supply itself.
Getting a professional well inspection is the best way to prepare your water well system for the colder months. For more than 80 years, Luisier Drilling has provided thorough well and water system inspections throughout the Greater Oconto Falls, WI, region. The trusted team also offers well drilling and sump pump installation. Learn more about their services at their website and call (920) 848-5239 to schedule a well inspection today.