Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
As a homeowner, it is important you understand that one of the most common points of failure on a residential deep water well is the pressure tank's pump. The pressure pump is responsible for moving water out of your holding tank and into the pressure tank where it is then pushed into your home. Most pressure pumps today made of plastic and repair parts are nearly impossible to come by. Thankfully, swapping out your failed pressure pump with a new one is not a difficult task if you have previous experience working with PVC pipes and electrical wiring.
To replace your deep well's pressure pump, you need these supplies and tools:
To replace your pump, follow these simple steps:
1. Turn off the power at the panel and verify with a current tester that the power is off to the pump's power line. Disconnect the power line for the pump.
2. Turn off the inline water valves to keep the water contained in your holding tank and exterior plumbing while you are working on the pump.
3. Open the exterior water tap closest to the pump and let the water drain from the pump.
4. Cut the water line on each side of the pump using your hacksaw and lift out the pump for disposal.
5. Check the owner's manual of the pump and set its voltage switch to match the wiring of the previous pump. Most pressure pumps are shipped set to one voltage but can easily be switched to operate on another. Once the pump is set to the voltage of the one that it is replacing, then connect the electrical wires and set the pump in place.
6. Attach the pump to the threaded couplers by wrapping their threaded male ends with plumber's tape and then screwing them into the pump's inlet and outlet. You should only hand-tighten these connections because if you screw them in too tight then the threads on the pump can become stripped.
7. Attach the pump into the plumbing using the extra pipe and female couplers. Make sure you sand each connection well with the sandpaper, apply primer, and apply enough PVC glue to create a leak-free seal.
8. Restore the power to the pump and turn on the water valves that you turned off in Step 2. Your pump should now be working correctly and should not have any leaks.
To learn more, contact a company like Washington Pump & Drilling.