Preparing Your Water Pump Systems for Winter

Preparing Your Water Pump Systems for Winter

Preparing Your Water Pump Systems for Winter

As summer comes to a close, winter will be here faster than you realize. As such, it is a good idea to start looking ahead and making plans for how you will prepare your outdoor water pump for the winter.

House Pumps vs. Other Outdoor Water Pumps

If your home well water system was properly installed, you shouldn’t have to take any steps to winterize your pump before the cold water hits. This is because a home well water system should have its components installed below the freezing point, thereby making the risk of freezing minimal or even impossible. If certain components have not been properly installed, however, it is possible for some of your pipes to freeze in response to the cold temperatures.

While your home well water system should be safe from freezing, you may have other systems in place that need to be winterized. These include systems such as pumps that have been put in place for pond aeration, fountains or irrigation systems. 

Preventing Ice from Forming

Typically, the number one concern associated with freezing temperatures in the wintertime is the fact that the freezing temperatures lead to ice formation. Water expands when it freezes, which can thereby cause damage to your closed water system. This expansion can cause your pipes, the water pump and other equipment to breakdown. This may also result in damage to other nearby structures. 

To prevent freezing from occurring, you should bring non-permanent pumps indoors during the winter months. This requires disconnecting the pump from the system and then draining the water before storing it. Be sure to keep the drain plugs and the ports open when storing, as this will allow residual water to drain out. 

To learn more about how to properly care for all of your water pump systems in the wintertime, contact Pump Service Idaho today!

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