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Preventing Well Water Freezing During Winter Season

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All homeowners want to prevent any risks of frozen pipes or other water supply areas freezing during the Utah winter, and this is no different from those with a well water system on their property. Taking the proper steps to ensure your pipes and other water well components stay above freezing is vital for preventing pipe cracking, leaks and several other potential issues.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re here to help with everything from well service and repair to installing a new water well on your property. Let’s go over some general tips to prevent any freezing risks in or around your well water supply this winter.

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Pre-Winter Inspection

For starters, while it’s a bit too late to do this for this winter, you should have a basic inspection done on your well ahead of the winter. This involves inspecting the well, its pump, plus all pipes that provide transportation of water to and from the well. Identifying any issues that are taking place, such as leaks or insulation problems, goes a long way before the actual freezing temperatures hit, allowing you to make the proper repairs in time.

Piping Insulation

Whether inside the home or as part of the feeder system to and from the well, it’s vital to consider piping insulation as part of your pre-winter checklist. Pipes must be protected from what can be sub-freezing temperatures, with padding that’s meant for this sort of insulation.

Pipe insulation is not generally very expensive, and will provide fantastic value. If you leave your pipes unprotected, on the other hand, you risk freezing and bursting situations that come with an incredibly high cost to repair.

Temperature Maintenance

One good tip for ensuring pipes within your home do not freeze: Keep the home temperature consistent during the winter, usually at or around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. By contrast, if you allow the home to drop to freezing temperatures when no one is in it, you risk freezing pipes.

Let Faucets Drip

In most cases, a dripping faucet is an undesirable outcome. However, during the winter specifically, it’s okay to let your faucets drip just a bit every now and then – this will keep water flowing in pipes, which keeps the temperature high and avoids any pressure build-ups that might cause well water freezing.

Keep an Eye Out

Finally, throughout the winter, keep an eye on your entire well water system, from the pump to the visible pipes in your home. If you notice even a minor issue, contact our professionals for an inspection before the problem becomes much more significant.

For more on preventing freezing concerns with well water this winter, or to learn about any of our well water treatment or installation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.