The unavoidable has happened. At some point during the year you lose power to your home during a large storm. Afterwards, when power has been restored (hours or days later) everything is functioning fine… except your well pump. For some reason, once the power came back on, you still don’t have running water. What is going on? Why isn’t your well pump working?
THE AMOUNT OF AIR YOU WILL HAVE TO BREATHE DURING THE DIVE HAS NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING, TO DO WITH THE PRESSURE RATING!! This is by far the biggest misunderstanding when it comes to scuba tanks. Divers can’t keep up with their virtually non-breathing dive buddies and they think they need the highest challenger pressure tank reviews to keep up. Well, that’s not correct. Let me explain.
If this power outage is more than just your neighborhood, you’ll want to consider that the municipal water supply is threatened, as the pumps that fill the water towers that give you water pressure are not going to be operating for very long. For that reason, fill up your bathtub with water that you can use for flushing toilets and washing. Fill other clean containers with water that you can use for drinking.
First, invest in conservation measures to reduce the amount of energy you need. See our Conservation Checklist and implement it’s suggestions aggressively. Reducing your energy needs can greatly reduce the cost of any RE system you install.
Check all drains. Run water and watch it going down the drain. If it swirls as pressure tank reviews it drains your drain is clear. If it bubbles and sits before draining, you have buildup or something obstructing the plumbing. Some sinks may have a clean out trap. Clean this and recheck the drain speed.
A solar hot water heater can provide the majority of your hot water and significantly reduce propane costs for water heating. For off grid homes, we recommend a closed loop solar hot water collector which circulates a glycol solution (freeze protected) using a separate small solar panel powered circulating pump. The glycol solution is pumped through a heat exchanger attached to a standard hot water tank.
Be sure to drain flexible spray hoses in showers and sinks. Drain water softeners so water will drain back from soft water pipes and controls. Brine tank will probably not freeze.
Certain things are to be kept in mind while installing a well water tank. It should not be placed anywhere that the water has a chance of freezing. That means you don’t want to bury it, especially if you live in a climate that gets cold in the winter. The best place for keeping these tanks are basements, utility rooms etc.