Cottage water


Old 08-23-09, 08:13 AM
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Cottage water

We just purchased a cottage, which was not used in the winter time, so the water lines need to be protected against the cold, we will be using the cottage in winter.
it has a dug well and the water line is just below the ground outside and above the ground in the uninsulated crawl space where the pump is located.
It has plastic water pipes under the floor which feeds the bathroom and kitchen.
What I'd like is to have the pump in a heated area of the cottage say the storage area where the water heater is located.
What options are there for getting the water from the well to the pump without freezing and than to the bathroom and kitchen.
We didn't plan on heating the whole cottage just the storage room.
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Old 08-25-09, 08:27 PM
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Sounds like you have some work ahead of you. Putting the pump in a heated room is a good start. The pipe from the well to the pump will need to be buried past the frost line (probably pretty deep all the way up there). Even when the pump isn't running, that well pipe is always filled (primed) with water. It'll freeze in a few hours if it's just below the ground.

Same thing with the piping to the rest of the house. It will need to be insulated and either in a heated area or you can install pipe heat tape (basically it heats the pipe). If not, you'll have to drain the pipes when they are not in use.

Toilets and sinks will freeze the water in the traps, possibly damaging the fixtures or the pipes. Usually RV antifreeze is used in traps when winterizing a house.

Option two would be to leave the faucets dripping... but from personal experience, this really only works down to about -10 deg celsius or so... after that, everything will freeze within a few hours overnight.

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