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crazyhorse
Winterizing Modular Home with Deep Well
crazyhorse

I recently purchase a modular home in upstate NY. It is on a slab with a concrete foundation and crawl space. I know I need to drain the pressure tank and all pipes and put anti freeze in the toilets, traps, etc. My concern is the water pipe that goes from the pressure tank to the deep well. It is a plastic pipe that goes about 10 feet and then goes down in a hole (recessed plastic bucket) in the slab and then from there of course underground to the well casing. I have installed heat tape all along this pipe from the pressure tank to the end of it in the hole. Will this be enough to keep it from freezing and giving me problems or do I need to pull apart the pitless conncection in the well casing to drain it? Thanks for any advice.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

To be certain, I'd drain and blow out all the piping everywhere- water that isn't there can't freeze. If you use the place seasonally, 'tee in' a faucet just downstream of the pitless and open it (with the pump off of course) to drain the line. It also provides you a place to more easily check well pressure and flow from the well pump when that needs service.

Phil

crazyhorse
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crazyhorse

I understand the theory behind the if its not there it cant freeze. But in a couple of years we're gonna live at this location year round so obviously we wouldn't drain the well pipe or we wouldn't be able to use it in the winter months. Also the house is 12 yrs old and was lived in full time year round before we bought it. I think all modular and even double wides and single wide trailers are constructed in the same manner and they don't seem to have issues. I want to do the right thing but would like to avoid pulling apart this pitless fitting unless its totally necessary. I'm kinda looking for any and all precautions people do who live in these types of homes year round in the northeast. Thanks.

sissy
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sissy

I have a modular home but it depends on the builder of yours .I guess since you have colder winters than I do yours are set up different ..How well is your home insulated and if it is in the crawl space is a sealed crawl space and if not seal it and have the crawl space made into a dry area with spray foam .My sister did hers two years ago .She put in(or we did ) roxul rock wool under the floors and had a company come in and seal up the vents and spray foam the walls and put down the floor membrane and then put in a dehumidifier since her crawl space was very damp .My modular is made of 2x6 walls with floor insulation I replaced with roxul and house walls are insulted well and attic has 5 ft of blown in insulation .So maybe if you are going to want to update all that to live in it full time and start now so when you decide to move there you are a head of the game .I bought a heat and cold sensing tool so i could find all the leaks and fix them .You can also rent them .Most or all of the work was done by me over the 10 years I have been here .I also had my house built with no flooring because those builders have a tendency to put the floors down and then build the walls on top of the flooring .There can be a lot of air leaks there .My sister has a double wide and I have been helping her update it also .I love my norris modular and would do it again .Can you get the plans of the build of it since all the heating and electrical and plumbing runs will be on the plans .

crazyhorse
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crazyhorse

Thank you sissy for the info but I think you misunderstood my concern. The only thing I'm thinking about is the 10 foot or so of pipe that goes from the pressure tank down into the ground. The only way to drain that would be to remove the pitless connection in the casing which I want to avoid.

sissy
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sissy

I was thinking of later when you decide to live there to do all the updates you need now .I have never seen that kind of set up .Can you maybe check you tube to see if anyone has done it and how .Any neighbors that do not live in there house year round that can give you an idea or maybe google info on it .You may have to ask a plumber that has first hand knowledge of your set up .

crazyhorse
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crazyhorse

Thanks again sissy for the info. I have googled it without much success. I may try you tube now. As for the house it's only 12 years old and hasen't been lived in for the last 4 or 5 years so everything is basically like new. Anybody has any input please give it, thanks.

sissy
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sissy

Wait not lived in 4 or 5 years and it has not frozen and guessing the electric was not on.Have you asked the realtor about it .

crazyhorse
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crazyhorse

The electric has always been on. We've used the house this summer and everything works fine.

keith3267
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keith3267

You have heat tape on it and the electricity is on year round, the next question is is the pipe protected from the wind? Is it in a housing of some type like a well house or is it wrapped in insulation? What about the tank? Is it insulated or protected? Does it have some heat tape also?

If it is protected and has heat tape, you should not have a problem, unless there is a long duration power outage. You could have some damage if that happens.

If you have a well house, or your well is located under your house and you have a full skirt, especially an insulated skirt or perimeter foundation, the warmth from the ground can keep the pipes from freezing during some long power outages.

If you are unsure about the protection, then you might be better off draining the system.

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