Outdoor Water Pumps

Outdoor Water Pumps

 
The weather has definitely changed and it is time to get that outdoor water pump ready for winter.

If you have a well and water pump and intend to use them throughout the winter, you will need to make sure the pump does not freeze.  They can be expensive to replace.  One tip is to have it inside a box which is insulated with one-inch rigid foam on the interior.  Alternatively, you could also install a lamp with a 60W lightbulb.  The heat generated by the bulb will keep the temperature inside the box above the freezing point except in the most extreme conditions.

If you do not intend to use your outdoor water pump in the winter, you will first need to relieve pressure by opening the priming plug. Then find the lowest plug and remove all the water that is in the pump.  After draining all the water, replace the priming plug but leave the lowest plug open.  This will ensure that any residual water that freezes inside the pump will have a way to expand and not crack the pump casing.  Just be sure to put the plug in a location where you will be able to find it come spring.

Posted December 11, 2011 by chris in Winterize