How To Winterize Your Well

Avoid freezing pipes and water issues this winter by staying one step ahead and winterizing before temperatures drop to below freezing. If your home is supplied water through a private well system, these extra few precautions will help ensure these next few months go smoothly for you and your home. We recommend contacting a professional to help do so, but there are also ways to do it on your own. 

Winterizing Your Well Pump:

There are a few steps that it takes to fully winterize someones well. Similar to here at Easterday-Wilson, these are what it would take to get the job done right.

  • Turn off the water supply before starting. This means finding the well pump breaking and switching that off manually. You can leave the main breaker alone. 
  • Make sure to drain all water from water lines, which can be done by leaving your taps on and waiting until nothing more than a drip comes out after a while. 
  • Locate the wiring that gives power to the pump and disconnect it. If your well pump is located in a deep well, there are no further actions to take. 
  • If you have a shallow well, then you can loosen the lines that are all connected to your pump with a screwdriver. 

Winterizing Your Irrigation System 

To take it a few step further, your irrigation system can be taken care of directly:

  • Turn off the water to the system. 
  • Set your automatic irrigation controls to rain only settings. 
  • Turn both of your valves and release the pressure from the pipes. 
  • Drain out any water that remains in components that tend to freeze often. 

These underground systems are often threatened with freezing issues and pipe breaking, so these extra steps will help make sure you have a smooth winter ahead of you. 

Often, it’s best to leave the hard steps to professionals. Easterday-Wilson has the knowledge and experience to help you plan for your winter and to winterize your well system before trouble hits. Call us at 301-831-5170 for additional information and schedule your free water evaluation today.

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