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Winterizing a well system
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Dave U    Posted 10-20-2003 at 09:47:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I need to winterize my parents summer home (always heated in the past) and need some advice about the winterizing the well system. The system consists of a down hole well pump and pressure tank (I belive it is the air bladder type) located inside the house. Can anyone tell me the best way to drain the system to ensure things don't freeze up ? Everything up stream from the pressure tank is not a problem. I'm most concerned about the pressure tank both in regards to draining it and refilling in the spring.


SY    Posted 10-20-2003 at 18:15:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
You will have to put antifreeze in the traps and toilet also.


Lazy Al    Posted 10-20-2003 at 11:09:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
A bladder type tank will drain it's self if it is charged with that tire valve on top . You have to find a way to get the water out of the pipe from it to the well or at least a few feet into the ground . you might put a heat tape on it and wrap it with insulation .Don't forget to turn off power to the hot water tank before you drain it .
and don't turn it on before it's full .
Mine has a union just inside the wall comming in
I think if I just undid that union it would drain enough to not freeze and break some thing . That's if I had to drain it .
Al


Salmoneye    Posted 10-20-2003 at 10:07:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pressure tanks usually have a 'hose spiggot' on the bottom of them for draining...Turn off the power to the pump and either drain into a bucket or hook up a hose and drain downhill to the out of doors...As you are draining off the bottom of the tank, open ALL faucets uphill, and all the water should drain back and out through the pressure tank...To start up in the spring, close the drain on the tank, and turn on the power...Leave all the faucets/showers etc. open...As they stop sputtering with air, close them...The tank should be bled of air at that point and will shut off automatically when the correct pressure is reached...

HTH


Willy-N    Posted 10-20-2003 at 10:02:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just releace all the water out of the tank the air will push it out. As far as in the spring just turn the pump back on. If your pump is not a Pitless adapter type (below ground) and you are not going to heat the pump house you will want to drain the well pipes above ground also. You may need to loosen the pipe feeding the tank to let air in the system to drain it to the well head. As far as the pipe going down into the well that is harder to drain down if the foot valve is at the bottom. You would need to get the water out of it so it is below the Frost line you freeze in your area. You could remove the fitting at the top of the pipe and suck it out with something to get it lower. Make sure the pump if above ground is completely drained including the impeller area. Seems for the trouble I would just keep that area warm during the winter by putting a box around it and only heating the pump and pipe into the well and not the whole pump house. Mark H.


deadcarp    Posted 10-20-2003 at 17:49:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
i've had good luck running compressed air thru the pipes to force water outa the low spots in whatever we're shutting down for winter - just use an adapter cone & run it thru after the pipe acts empty :)


Willy-N    Posted 10-20-2003 at 18:57:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
That does work pretty good. I was luckey having lived in a cold area and froze pipes befor. When I plumbed my new house I ran all pipes on inside walls only. Installed 2 drains in the house in the craw space that drain the hot and cold pipes completely. I made sure all the pipes were graded to drain including the vent system. Heck I even ran extra pipes to the well and house in case one broke and a extra emtpy conduit to run a new wire in. All out side spickets are on seperate pipes with there own shut off valves. Might have been over kill but if you have a problem in the winter and the ground is frozen it is real hard to dig up 4 ft deep pipes to fix things and the track hoe diging them was a lot more then the extra pipes were! I was tring to take care of things for the future when I am on a fixed income and a lot older. Mark H.


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