Winter can be a beautiful and fun time of year, but it can also be a dangerous time for your water well and plumbing infrastructure. For starters, the pipes in your pump house can freeze and burst, and power can fail, leaving you stranded without clean water for a time. Luckily, along with regular preventative maintenance, there are a number of things you can do to make sure your winter stays enjoyable and struggle-free all season long.
With that in mind, here are a few prevention tips to help you avoid costly well pump repairs in Missoula, MT during wintertime use:
- Insulate exposed piping: Many people hear the words “water well” and automatically think about an underground system completely shielded from the harsh elements. While this is mostly accurate, there are still components and pipes at risk of freezing—even in the sturdy shelter of a pump house. If a pipe freezes, it can cause submersible pump failure and a big replacement headache. A good line of defense is to use the proper insulators to cover any exposed pipes.
- Consider using heat lamps: When the weather outside is frightful, a set of heat lamps can make all of the difference between frozen components and worry-free days. A few quality lamps can raise the temperature enough to keep frost at bay, but be careful to keep them away from flammable materials and be sure to use a weatherproof or outdoor-rated extension cord. If piping does freeze, use a hairdryer to gradually warm the pipes. When you first notice the pipes are frozen, stop your family from using the system to avoid damaging the pumps.
- Consider a remodel: Many well owners have simple wooden structures as their pump houses. These are effective for sheltering components from everyday elements, but really don’t do much against the bitter sub-zero temperatures of Montana. If possible, insulate your pump house or consider a more substantial building material, like brick or cinderblock. The thicker material offers natural insulation that can mean the difference between a functional well and one that is not. In addition, the heftier materials mean better protection during violent or extreme winter weather events that might damage well components.
- Have a backup plan: One of the more frustrating scenarios that can occur when relying on a well for your water is a power failure. When a heavy storm knocks out electricity, your water pumps will cease to function. This means no water for your family. Consider building in the redundancy of a secondary power source—like a gasoline or diesel-powered generator. Be sure to keep the unit outdoors because the carbon monoxide produced can be deadly if used in an enclosed space. This goes for your pump house, too.
Now that you have a better idea of the importance of taking preventative measures against the winter elements to protect your pump house, move to take action before damage occurs. For water well pump repairs in Missoula, MT, contact the experienced team at Camp Well Drilling And Pump Service. We’re here for you this winter and year-round!