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This is the time of year when many people are traveling for the holidays. It's also the time of year when temperatures start to drop to near freezing. When you combine those two things, you could be asking for trouble. At Pinckney Well Drilling and Geothermal, many people ask whether they should shut off their well pumps when they leave town. Today, our well pump repair service has some answers that may help.

If you leave the heat on in your house while you're away, it should be fine to leave your pump running. The heat should keep your pipes from freezing and bursting while you're away. Of course, this all depends on your heating system. If it's in good working order (and there's not an unexpected power outage), you should be good.

However, if you do plan to turn off the heat – or shut off the power completely – while you're away, the chances of problems increase dramatically. Since cold weather is the number one cause for a burst pipe, turning off your well pump will help protect your property. Also make sure that you have a well pump cover that fits securely. This will keep cold air from disturbing the pipes in and around the well pump itself.

Regardless if you leave it on or off, it's important that you check your well pump regularly. There are other problems that could arise if you have a damaged pump. It's best to contact a professional well pump repair company to inspect, fix, and restore your pump to working order.

For more advice about well pump repair and care on deep and shallow well pumps, call Pinckney Well Drilling and Geothermal to talk to one of our contractors today. We serve Charleston, Walterboro, Beaufort, Bluffton, and surrounding areas of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Trust us to keep your well pump working smoothly this winter.