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Old 09-17-2014, 03:13 PM
 
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i have a pump house with water pump and lines coming in and out to serve my house. when the power is on in winter I can run heat to it, but when it goes out, can i protect the pump from freezing by packing insulation around it. the lines are insulated with wrapping insulation. i live in canada just north of seattle area.

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Old 09-18-2014, 08:05 AM
 
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Insulate the pump house itself, but instead of trying to insulate the pump fill the open areas in the pump house with 2 liter soda bottles filled with water. When the heat goes off in the pump house it should give you at least a day or two of reserves because of the thermal mass and coolth required to freeze the mass of water in the bottles. After that use a couple of the long lasting religious candles and pray.
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Old 09-18-2014, 10:24 AM
 
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i have a pump house with water pump and lines coming in and out to serve my house. when the power is on in winter I can run heat to it, but when it goes out, can i protect the pump from freezing by packing insulation around it. the lines are insulated with wrapping insulation. i live in canada just north of seattle area.

thanks
Good idea especially in a more temperate climate like British Columbia, (at least in the coastal regions).

Mid contenent like where I'm at, it gets Dang cold and stays DANG cold, so if the power is out for very long you can lose your pump and pipes to freezing so many folks will use generators to run heat, or propane/natural gas heaters to back up just in case.

Off Gridders will sometimes have a wood stove in the pumphouse for the same purpose.
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Old 09-18-2014, 10:26 AM
 
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The smaller your pump house the better it will be to insulate and if needed to keep warm.

They make little heaters just for this.......most well drillers can get you one.

If the power goes out most system will be generator compatible.

If the power goes out the few hours do not open the door to your pump house......keep the heat in.

After that.......candles do give off heat........we did have a customer burn their pump house to the ground last year.
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Old 09-18-2014, 10:29 AM
 
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Is there a way to bleed out the lines and pump so if there is a freeze, there's no water in there to expand and damage things?
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Old 09-18-2014, 04:21 PM
 
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Is there a way to bleed out the lines and pump so if there is a freeze, there's no water in there to expand and damage things?
Yes.

But, you will have to prime it again.
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:57 PM
 
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The typical answer is like all critical system to provide generator power or battery .
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:02 AM
 
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Egads, after last winter I can't imagine not having a generator....
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