Preparing your Water Well Pump House for the Winter


Frozen well pump and pipes causes more than the breakdown of temporarily loosing water. This can also break pipes and crack your water pump. We STRESS the importance of winterizing your well house before the weather turns cold.

Most well pumps have a house built over them to protect the pump from the elements. A well-built well house should be large enough to allow future maintenance on the pump and will have insulation in the walls, doors and ceiling with no cracks for air to enter.

A good temperature to keep your pump and pipes from freezing should be

40 degrees


Well-Built Insulated Pump House

lamp-125-130v-100wSimply replacing your light bulb with a single 100-watt light bulb can be adequate, however, pay close attention to the temperature of the room. If the utility light is not keeping it warm, use a small ceramic heater.  heater

Non-Insulated Pump House

lamp-125-130v-100wCheck for cracks in the walls and plug them. Any type of Insulation covering the pump system and pipes surrounding can be helpful. Replacing your light bulb with a 100-watt light bulb. Available is also a thick fiberglass or foam rubber sleeve and is specifically designed for the well house; for self-do, call your local pump & irrigation store on how to purchase, otherwise call your local plumber.rubber









8 thoughts on “Tips on keeping your Well Pump & Pipes from Freezing”

  1. Thanks for the information about what temperature to keep my pump and pipes at. I definitely don’t want my pipes to freeze this winter, so I’ll be sure to keep them at at least 40 degrees. Do you have any other tips for me?

  2. I have a family member with a well on their property and I was wondering how they maintained it during the winter, these tips really informed me. It is good to know that the pipes will freeze under 40 degrees. The tip about buying a 100-watt bulb is very useful! Thanks!

  3. This is some helpful information. I didn’t think of using a 100-watt light bulb to help insulate the well pump house. I’m not even sure if that would be enough, but I suppose that using a small heater or insulated pipes can help in that case. If a well is your only source of water, these tips should help insure that you have water throughout the winter months. Thanks for the tips.

  4. I would not have thought to build a well house around the pump. Definitely, a good idea so if need be you can heat the inside or, at least, keep the pump protected from the elements. I will have to pass this along to my friend for his well pump. thank you for the information!

  5. Interesting to know that a single 100-watt light bulb can be enough to keep the temperature up. I always wondered how well pumps kept from freezing, and this article answered my questions. My brother is looking at a house that has a well, so I’ll tell him about what I’ve learned. Thanks!

  6. I’ve always wondered what the houses over the water pumps were for. It makes sense that they are there to help with keeping it safe from harsh weather conditions. It makes me think of the one in my grandparents backyard. Thanks for sharing this!

  7. My grandpa has a well for his house and is trying to get his Well house ready for winter. I’ll have to let him know that he needs to keep the pump and pipes above 40 degrees otherwise they’ll freeze. Hopefully, he can keep it from freezing otherwise he’ll have to buy a new pump for the well.

  8. I thought it was interesting that a well-built well house should be large enough to allow future maintenance on the pump and will have insulation in the walls, doors, and ceiling with no cracks for air to enter. This is really cool since some well pumps can freeze during the winter, a well house prevents that. I would really like to look into having a well on my property and this was a really great article to help me be informed on the possible winter maintenance. Thank you.

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