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Old 12-03-2009, 02:59 PM
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I need to wrap my water pump so it doesn't freeze, but I don't know what to use. I sure hope you can help.

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Where is the pump
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The pump is outside and we haven't built a well house yet to protect it. My son wants to wrap it with blankets.

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Is it a jet pump sitting by the wellhead with exposed piping that will need protection
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Wrap it with a hot water tank wrap.Blankets will work too
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What is the temp supposed to be?

Toss anything you have on there, about anything will do. Leave some space around the vents on the motor so that at least a small amount of air can be circulated. It would be best if you could keep that warm air around the housing of the impeller. When you're done, put an inverted trashcan over the top. That will go a long way towards keeping your heat from blowing away. If it is only going to be a few degrees below freezing, it shouldn't be a problem. Get up and flush the toilets a couple times during the night.


Tomorrow go out and get one of these

Just make sure it's the type that can be wrapped back on itself-most can.


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Cover and worry no more.
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Cover loosely with house type,fiberglass insulation,whole thing,pump,tank and all exposed pipes, then cover that with black plastic sheeting or cheap tarp. If it's in a real cold area,rig a light bulb
to place under there at lowest level.
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I lined the inside of my well house with foam carpet padding 2 layers thick all sides and top. lined my stroage tank too. I havent froze up since. You can also use heat lamp like is used in a chicken house. Hang the light over the pump and your done..
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A calf hutch that has been spray foamed makes an excellent well pump cover.
You can also put a thermostat in it,wire it in the 115vac line,and plug a lightbulb or hair blow dryer to it.When temp drops to X,it comes on,warms up to Y,then shuts down.
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The insulation cannot get wet...at all.

If it does, it will freeze as if there is no insulation.
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I would cover it with a pump house, the cost could offset alot of work and money to repair your water supply. It is just not worth it in my opinion and over 30 years of living on a well.
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I need to wrap my water pump so it doesn't freeze, but I don't know what to use. I sure hope you can help.

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Run heat tape around it....Go to Menards or similar store and get black foam pipe wrap..Then over that wrap a product called reflectic...Menards or Home Depot have everything u need....Also more info from u would have been nice ...like is the pump covered at all ect..Is it a vacation home where u will be gone?
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What area of the country do you live in and how cold does it get there?
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Do NOT depend on a heat lamp. You will be replacing a pump and/or pipe. A heat tape will draw less amps and provide more useful heat.

Get that house built asap. It only takes a little planning. Draw it out on paper and make a cut list. The lumber yard will have a panel saw and cut your pieces to size. This will only cost about $.50/cut.

Get some 2x4 lumber and build a cube. Cover with sheathing. On the inside cut 2" foamboard to fit attach with the proper adhesive. Paint it if you like. Take some 6mil poly sheeting and cover the whole thing. Be sure to smooth the edges and corners.

After you have that done, search out a few shingles. When the weather is nicer, build a sloped or peak roof for the top and shingle it. Be sure you have ample overhang so the sides don't rot. Put it up on some solid concrete blocks and you should be set for quite awhile.

Don't forget to unplug your heat tape in the spring. Look for the EasyHeat brand that is yellow with a metal braid over it. It comes on a roll in bulk and you attach a plug to it. There is no mechanical thermostat in it to go bad. That is the main cause of failure in most tapes.
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