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Old 01-20-2008, 08:02 PM   #1
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My name is nick and I live in northern michigan....yup, freezin' cold. My problem may be due to the cold weather the past couple days but maybe not. I have no water availble in my house at all. I have been in my crawl space and checked the water pump and from what I have seen there is no massive leaks. There may have been a little bit of water spitting out at one point on an elbow of a pipe that is connected to a drain of some sort. There is also the pressure gauge that is stable at about 35 to 40 pounds (not to sure how much, but within that range). I have turned the main valve off then on again and there is no change in the pressure or nothing mechanical noticable. If anyone could give me some insite to save some money I would greatly appreciate it.

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yup, freezin' cold. My problem may be due to the cold weather the past couple days but maybe not. I have no water availble in my house at all.
Ayuh,...... I gotta believe you've got a Frozen pipe somewhere.......

Is there a faucet you can open near the Pump,..??

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How far from the pump casing is the pressure switch?? And how small of pipe going to it?? I have seen those freeze first therefore the pressure switch doesnt kick on,,,it thinks the tank is full. How cold is the area of the pump?? Above or WAAAAAY below freezing?/ AND if that isnt it,,,rap the pressure switch a good one maybe the points are hung up. OR use an insulated screwdriver and see if moving them helps(not a screw driver with steel all the way thru the handle.) Better yet use a test light or meter and see where juice is and isnt.
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NEVER use a torch or flame to thaw frozen pipes or pumps. That can cause a steam explosion.
Use a heat lamp or hair dryer to thaw pumps and those or heat tape to thaw pipes. If the pump is frozen, leave a heat lamp near it.
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Look at the contacts on the pressure switch. Even in Florida, I had the same thing happen. It was a small drop of condensation that froze between the contacts and stopped the pump from working. Tooks me longer to take the blow dryer out to the wellhouse than to thaw it out.
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Yeah, everyone has been telling me it's been a frozen pipe and that indeed was what it was. I now have the problem solved. There was a brick that was loose in the foundation in the front of the house. Where the brick is, there is a main faucet line that is right over the pump in the crawl space. Did the thawing method and put up some styrofoam insulation all across the bricks and pushed snow to stabilize and further more insulate the front of the foundation. In the spring time I will have to permanently put insulation in the crawl to the problem area of the foundation. Thanks for your insite.
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thanks. problem solved.
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thanks, problem solved.
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Ayuh,......... I'm Glad it worked out alright Nick,.....
But,......
You're Stuttering,......................

Btw,............
Remember on forums,.....
If you're using your Back-button,........
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