Freeze warning: 6 tips for keeping pumps and pipes safe

Tips for keeping pipes and pumps safe

Brutal cold weather can be almost as hard on your pumps and pipes as it is on you! Check out these six tips to keep your water flowing and protect your equipment when temperatures fall below freezing:

1. Drain lines and casings

Drain residual water as much as possible — especially from pump casings that have been shut down or are in unheated storage areas. When possible, open check valves to drain (back to the source) water lines that are buried more shallowly than the usual frost line depth.

2. Check the antifreeze in pumps

Check radiator antifreeze in engine-driven pumps.

3. Turn up the heat

Adjust thermostat settings to increase temperatures in booster stations or other pumping stations.

4. Insulate

Install heat tape and insulate pipes that are next to exterior walls or in areas exposed to wind.

5. Monitor ponds

Remember that “float ball” level switches may become inoperable if ponds or sumps freeze over.

6. Call us!

Remember, we offer 24/7 support if anything goes wrong. Give us a call at 1-800-480-7867 if you have questions or need assistance.