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Getting water from your own well is a great feeling, but it also comes with some responsibilities you don't have if you use city water. This is especially true in the winter time when the danger of freezing pipes is a very realistic possibility. Here you can learn how you can protect your well and your plumbing should you lose power when the temperatures are at or below freezing.
Invest In A Generator
Obviously, the best course of action is to never lose power to begin with, so keeping a generator on hand, fueled, and connected to at least the breaker that runs your water pump is a good idea. However, even this may not be enough if you use electric heat because your home won't be warm enough to keep the pipes from freezing in the first place. If you have another heat source, like gas or wood, then just be sure to keep the pipes running at a trickle and leave the cabinet doors open to keep the pipes warm.
Keep The Pump Warm
The most expensive part of your plumbing is your water pump. You need to keep it warm so it doesn't freeze or empty it so there is nothing in it to freeze. To keep your pump warm without using power, you may have to get creative.
The option of using a small gas heater is obvious, but you really don't need a lot of heat, so your heater may serve you better in your home while hot coals or a gas light source can keep the pump house warm.
Empty The Pump
If all else fails, be sure to empty the pump. First, unplug the pump or shut the breaker off just in case the electricity comes back on while you are working with it. You can also call an emergency plumber and ask them to take care of the issue for you. Otherwise, look on the bottom of your pump. There will be a plug just for this purpose. Use an adjustable wrench to turn the plug so you can unscrew it. Be prepared to get wet. The main benefit of this is that it doesn't just remove water from the pump. Since your pump is located in a lower position than the rest of your plumbing, gravity will drain the water from the rest of your pipes, or at least enough to keep your pipes from breaking if they do freeze. You may need to prime the pump when the emergency is over, but you won't have to replace it or your plumbing.
If your pump does freeze and it doesn't crack, you can still save it. Prevent power from getting to the pump. Otherwise, it may kick on when there is still ice in it. If this happens, your impeller will keep trying to push its way through the ice and may end up stripping itself out.
For more information, contact an emergency plumber or check out more tips on their website, such as http://cbrothers.com.Share