winterizing well pump at WV cabin


Old 10-24-08, 08:21 AM
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winterizing well pump at WV cabin

Recently bought cabin in north central WV. Previous owners told us to pull up the well pump 1" using a threaded PVC pipe and back flush system with RV antifreeze. Then lower pump back down. It is very difficult to get the pump back in the "groove" that seems to hold it in place and hard to line it up so it will lower. Is there an easier way? Does it need some kind of lubercant? There does not seem to be any sort of shut-off valve where the water comes into the cabin. Would installing one eliminate the need to raise the pump? It is a submersible pump and the well is 116' deep (we think).
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Old 10-24-08, 08:45 PM
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I cant see any reason to lift the pump out.
If you are going to be gone for a long time, during the winter. Drain all the pipes. Turn off the power to the well, and leave all the valves and facets on. If it does freeze. The ice will have room to expand.

Freezing water does not break pipes. It is the ice trying to find a place to go. If all the valves are closed. The ice will open its own valve. You cant compress a liquid.


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