A hard winter for wells
March 4, 2015
This February, because of the intense cold we’ve been experiencing this winter, the frost has already reached a depth of over one and a half meters. So what are the consequences? Firstly, there is a risk that the water of your surface well, which is drawn from a point very close to ground level, will freeze, leaving you without water.
Secondly, you may even experience water freezing problems with an artesian well, and this is because of your pipes. These temperatures will be the norm from now on according to Environment Canada, so here are some tips to help you avoid this annoying situation.
- When excavating your well, bury your pipes deeply. To keep costs down, some people prefer to bury their pipes at the surface. Be aware that you won’t be saving money if you need to bring in a specialist team each winter to thaw frozen water.
- Ensure your pipes are insulated. By insulating them with a layer of expanded polystyrene for example, your pipes will be well protected against frost. Here again, the cost of installation will be higher, but you will be saving on maintenance costs in the long run.
- Install heating cables inside and around your pipes. Though a more expensive option, they are very effective. The cables operate via a thermostat, coming on only when required.
Don’t forget that prevention is better than cure. It is a major inconvenience to be without water, and water freezing in the pipes can also cause damage, which will need to be repaired, or even lead to some components having to be replaced.
If freezing water is causing problems with your well, get in touch with us and we will help you find the best solution for your situation.