Well Water Tips for Cold Weather
Winter is coming.
As we go deeper in the colder months, the temperatures will start to fall in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Triangle areas. Therefore, it is critical to prepare your home and well system for the upcoming winter months.
Will My Water Pump Freeze in NC?
Although, North Carolina temperatures tend to be a bit higher than other areas in the United States. We still do experience temperatures that can lead to ice and snow; therefore, it is possible for your Raleigh well system to freeze.
What Happens When my Raleigh Well Freezes?
After waking up to a chilly morning, you start up your faucet. However, there isn’t water running down and no water pressure. This is a good indication that your water pipes have frozen overnight, but they aren’t the only ones. Your tank, pressure switch, and pressure pump may also be affected by the overnight chill. If this happens, contact A&T Well Pump in Raleigh immediately.
Preventing Frozen Well Pipes
When it comes to your pipes, one of the best ways to prevent them from freezing is to prepare them for a cold snap.
The easiest way to reduce the chances that your pipes freeze is to let your faucet continuously drip warm water to allow water movement through both your hot and cold lines.
Prepare the Pipes for Cold Weather
Deep down inside your well lies an extension of your well casing and associated pipes. Find the exposed out of the ground pipes, so you can insulate them. If the pipes are already frozen, you can use a hair dryer to warm them up, then use an old rag or towel to wipe the excess moisture.
Insulate Water Pipes
When insulating your water pipes, there is no one way to do it. If you are needing a quick fix, you can use thick fabric like a sweatshirt or blanket to wrap around it. If you have more time, you can use foam insulation that will encase the whole pipe. Whichever route you take, make sure to create a tight seal with a heat tape attached to the material.