With 2+ Feet of snow on the ground this week, and several run ins with some nasty critters in wells, I’m going to take a minute to talk about upgrading your well cap. If you have an older home your well cap probably looks something like this:
Old Style Well Cap
It may be all PVC, and prettier, but the style of head is what i’m really referring to. It has a solid cap that is tightened to the well casing. This style of cap (silver portion) is not water tight or bug free, as you can see below. This is a cap I recently inspected in Cape Saint Claire, MD. The underside of the cap had spiders and bugs nested within. They had gained access from the seams and the electrical conduit line.
So whats the answer?
Water Proof / Sanitary Well caps. These caps have a gasket that forms a seal on the casing to prevent water intrusion during heavy snow and flooding, they can also be sealed to prevent bugs from crawling in and contaminating your water supply
Sanitary Well Cap
If You are handy and comfortable working with electricity and plumbing, you could probably replace the cap for around $50-60 in parts. If you would rather turn to the pros, were here to help. Give us a call 410-757-2992
As Snow piles up and temperatures drop the calls about frozen lines rise. Identifying a frozen pipe is usually pretty easy – water is usually everywhere, but Identifying a frozen water treatment drain line is a bit more difficult. The first signs of a frozen drain line are usually degraded water quality as the treatment system begins to fail due to its inability to clean itself. If you think your equipment’s drain line may be frozen here are a few things you can check :
If its a softener, check the salt tank. A frozen line will cause the salt tank to fill with water.
Identify the main shutoff and verify the treatment has not been bypassed.
Place the unit into a manual backwash, do you hear water running? If not, the line may be frozen. (Be sure you know where the main shut off is, in case there is a cracked line).
If you identify there is a frozen line, you can try placing a heater in the room proximate to the drain line. If you have problems or need assistance, give us a call 410-757-2992 and we will do our best to help you resolve the problem.
Did you know that the average household wastes 30,000 gallons of water a year. If your sink drips once a second, that will waste over 3000 gallons of water per year (Courtesy of the EPA – see link above). The most common causes of leaks are faulty toilet flappers and worn out gaskets in sinks and hose bibs. These can be easy DIY fixes, here is a link to show you how : This Old House – Fixing a leaky faucet
Repairing just one small drip can save you over $125 a year in water and sewer costs/fees.
If your definition of DIY is to call another guy, then give us a call! Our expert plumbers are available to take care of all of your plumbing needs 410-757-2992.
We have a water system from Hague that is at least 18 years old, and has worked great during all of those years. As with all things, time caught up with it, and it failed right before the holiday! Our water has a LOT of iron in it, and when the system failed, the water Read more