You always need to take care of your well. However, this is the time of year when you need to be proactive due to freezing temperatures. A frozen well system not only can cut off your water supply but can also put your home at risk for water damage. That's an expensive proposition. As South Carolina's oldest provider of water well drilling, Pinckney Well Drilling and Geothermal has some steps you can take to prevent a frozen well in Beaufort, Bluffton, Walterboro, and Charleston, SC:
- Call for an inspection – First, get a well drilling service to inspect your well and pipes at the start of winter. You may also want to call them before and after severe winter weather or prolonged periods of below freezing temperatures. During these inspections, a well drilling service will identify and repair damage to pipes or other parts of your well. This will keep your well from suffering further damage.
- Insulate all your pipes – Second, make sure you wrap up all your pipes with some type of insulation. Insulation works like a blanket to block out cold air. Pipes that are exposed to the cold (even for a short period of time) can freeze in a hurry.
- Let your faucets drip – When you hear that the weather will dip below freezing, turn on your faucets to a slight drip or drizzle. This will keep water flowing and will keep water pressure from building up inside your pipes.
- Keep the temp at 70° – Try to keep the inside of your home at a consistent temperature of 70°. Studies show that this is the best temperature to avoid frozen pipes.
- Do frequent checkups – Finally, make sure you check in on your pipes and well pump regularly throughout the winter. If you notice any issues or have any concerns, call a water well drilling company immediately. Waiting can cause damage to your home's entire water system.