[patios, driveways, and pathways] They will also function in frigid conditions if properly fitted. It is not difficult to install a dry well, but it is time-consuming if you do not have access to a backhoe or digging equipment. The hole must be at least as deep as it is wide and should be at least 30 inches across its widest point. If you want to install an underground tank, the well must be large enough to hold the tank when it is full.
The best time to install a dry well is early spring before you plant your garden. This gives the soil time to warm up and drain properly. Don't wait until late summer to dig one; by then the ground may be too wet for effective drainage.
Dry wells can be used to store water for use during periods of drought or when you need extra storage space. They work by allowing water into the well through a tube that's placed near the bottom of the hole. As the water fills the hole, it can only go so far before it encounters resistance. This means that the water cannot escape unless another hole is opened near the top of the well. When opening these holes to discharge the water, be careful not to let any overflow out or it could flood your yard or street.
Winter is quickly approaching, and now is the time to ensure that your well system is protected from subzero temperatures. Frozen well pumps and water pipelines can not only delay your water supply, but they can also do major damage to your system, necessitating costly repairs and cleaning. Make sure that any pipes connecting your well to other parts of your house are insulated or wrapped in heat-resistant material. If possible, keep exterior access points to your well covered with a metal grate or other device that will prevent ice from forming around it.
If you have a well that is older than 15 years, it may not be equipped with enough insulation to protect it from freezing during severe winters. In this case, you will need to install additional insulation around the outside of the pipe as well as inside your home. The best place to start is usually where the wall meets the floor or ceiling because that's where the most exposure to temperature changes exists. You can use loose wool or cotton batting for insulating walls and floors, for example. Be sure to wrap the insulation thoroughly around all sides of the pipe to prevent any cold air from entering through gaps in the wrapping.
You should also check your well pump annually to make sure it's in good working order. A frozen pump could cause serious damage to your system if it isn't fixed before winter sets in.
Homeowners should brace themselves for a harsh freeze.
During Freezing Weather: If you are going to be away from home for a few days, turning off the water can help to lessen the likelihood of burst pipes. Maintain a temperature of at least 55 degrees in your house. Turn off the water supply and open all faucets to drain pipes; flush the toilet once to drain the tank but not the bowl. When you return, turn the water back on in a few locations at first so you do not get any unexpected guests.
During Ice Storms: If you live in an area that gets ice storms, you will want to avoid turning off the water altogether. The ice could damage pipes if they are left turned off for a long period of time, so it is best to leave them on until the storm has passed.
During Fire Damage: If your home has been damaged by fire, you will need to contact your water company immediately to make sure there are no leaks in your plumbing system. They may have staff on site who can shut off the supply temporarily while they repair the damage.
In general, if there is a chance of freezing weather coming, you should avoid turning off the water completely. This will help prevent bursts and other problems with your pipes that could lead to more serious issues such as flooding or mold growth. Of course, if you have a major leak that needs to be fixed before you can turn the water back on, feel free to call your water company and ask them how to proceed.