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Old 02-06-2014, 08:48 PM   #16
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Maybe I don't understand the situation but I don't think you'd want to tap the line going into the wellhead- it's downstream from the pressure switch and pump controller, which where I live, are both normally located in the basement by the pressure tank.
And this is actually the answer to my question. Frankly I feel kind of dumb for ignoring the large switch in my basement and just thinking about the wires I could see in the box out at the well head. Obviously a heating solution that only works when the pump is on won't really work at all.

I'm going back to insulation and leaving a tap on in the house so the pressure switch kicks on every 15 minutes or so.

Originally the well head was surrounded by a 1'x2'x2' concrete box with an open bottom. This is what I referred to as the"housing". Sorry if that caused confusion. The box was buried up to about an inch from the top so the well head itself was below the level of the surrounding earth. The box was filled with a mixture of dirt and styrofoam packing peanuts that served as insulation (placed there probably before I was born a few decades ago)

When the pump was replaced in December I was told that the dirt had to go and the well casing had to stick up above the ground around it at least a few inches. I just leveled the ground to below the well head and put the box back over it, but left it empty. This meant the well head had no insulation at all.

A couple hours ago I made a slightly bigger enclosure out of concrete blocks, lined it with rigid foam insulation, and the packed in some plastic bags full of fiberglass insulation. Hopefully that does the trick.

It doesn't get below freezing around here more than a few days a year but with several days in the teens and twenties this week I was starting to panic.


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Old 02-06-2014, 09:37 PM   #17
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And this is actually the answer to my question. Frankly I feel kind of dumb for ignoring the large switch in my basement and just thinking about the wires I could see in the box out at the well head. Obviously a heating solution that only works when the pump is on won't really work at all.

I'm going back to insulation and leaving a tap on in the house so the pressure switch kicks on every 15 minutes or so.

Originally the well head was surrounded by a 1'x2'x2' concrete box with an open bottom. This is what I referred to as the"housing". Sorry if that caused confusion. The box was buried up to about an inch from the top so the well head itself was below the level of the surrounding earth. The box was filled with a mixture of dirt and styrofoam packing peanuts that served as insulation (placed there probably before I was born a few decades ago)

When the pump was replaced in December I was told that the dirt had to go and the well casing had to stick up above the ground around it at least a few inches. I just leveled the ground to below the well head and put the box back over it, but left it empty. This meant the well head had no insulation at all.

A couple hours ago I made a slightly bigger enclosure out of concrete blocks, lined it with rigid foam insulation, and the packed in some plastic bags full of fiberglass insulation. Hopefully that does the trick.

It doesn't get below freezing around here more than a few days a year but with several days in the teens and twenties this week I was starting to panic.
Wow, well thats a completely different scenario... why the hell don't they bury the pit less adapters below the frost line?
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Weird, I completely thought he would have had a pitiless adapter below the frost line, so ignored the well head scenario.
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I'm not really sure what is the norm out here. The company that installed the pump has been in business for more than 50 years and is well respected locally, so I assume they know what they are doing.

Here's a pic of the well head (without the box) in case anyone is interested.

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Get a coleman lantern or some other heat generating thing in there--

Something to get some heat in there----
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Wow, well thats a completely different scenario... why the hell don't they bury the pit less adapters below the frost line?
I don't think Seattle knows what a frost line is.....
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I don't think Seattle knows what a frost line is.....

I know, but is every scenario like the one pictured? Seems odd that if they have a chance to freeze, nobody cares. and the pipes are still run underground, so why not use a pitless adapter and be done with it?

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