Frozen Pipes from Well to house
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Mountain cabin in Colorado elevation: 6500 feet We have a deep well with (I believe it would be submersible pump)
The well is located about 60 feet from house up on a hillside maybe 30 feet up. Start w/ well head- removed cap for a look. Water exits the housing about 5-6 feet down. Cannot see water level but haven't looked in there before so have nothing to compare.
I am assuming as the elevation drops, the water line becomes increasingly shallow. From the crawl space I can see the poly pipe enter under a stone foundation at 2-3 feet depth.
It runs along the ground to an interior wall in a dug out basement/ garage and drops down to a junction w/ drain cock going one way, and feed to a con aire pressure tank.
The meter on that tank is holding at about 30 psi. Bladder pressure in tank was at 10 psi, we added air now at 30 in the bladder.
Don't have specs to instruct regarding what the bladder pressure should be. Moving on; pipe exits pressure tank and feeds cold to house and hot water tank.
Now pipes are attached to joists below the floor in the crawl space and feed to kitchen sink and a lavatory sink and 1 outside spigot at the far end of the system. (No toilet to deal with we have an outhouse and the shower is a hose outside that is fed by hot water spigot) House is heated with wood stove only.
During the cold snap we were starting out at temps in 40's inside when we lost our flow. We have added a space heater in the basement and have the pipe room at 55 or so. We ran a space heater under the sink under a removable panel that exposes pipes under floor- its been holding at 60 w/o added heat with the rise in temps we have enjoyed this week.
We are on the north side of the mountain in a river valley and get only a couple of hours of direct sun daily.
So next bright idea- moved a cold frame over ground where poly pipe is probably at its most shallow and stuck a long compost thermometer down about 2 feet it was 20 degrees. Ran a space heater and insulated the cold frame w/ sleeping bags got the air temp to 100 and raised ground temp to 30.
Moved cold frame to next adjacent space repeat- still waiting. We expect to have a few more 50 degree days til the next storm comes in and most likely will erase our progress. Can't wait to see the electric bill w/ 3 space heaters going. Didn't expect to get this cabin, or would have asked dad more questions before he passed away.