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    Water Run out for 5 minutes ... any theories?

    Ok, this morning my wife saw the water was coming to a halt then gone. So I went to see the tank pressure and it was around 25 PSI. Then suddenly PSI climbed fast from 25 to 62 PSI and I could here water running ... opps ... I think it was clunking in the pipes ... I thought what was that .. sounds like rocks ... or ice .. OK, so last night it was 10 degrees F . And when water stopped this morning the temperature was about 17 F - 18 F degrees. Very cold.

    So when the tank pressure hit 62 PSI, I went back to test the water and it was running fine again. I then took a 10 minute shower. And then I also asked my wife to take a 10 minute shower. And the water has been running along fine.

    So, what was that 5 minute thing? Did you think the water underneath became frozen and the pump was pumping small ice cubes or ice particles ... How do you expect water wells to behave when temperatures are 10F - 18F or lower ? Can the pump slow down to do icy water and ice formation on your deep well ?

    Thanks for any info.


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    If your pitless adapter or water line aren't below frost line it may have been frozen. You're getting temps that area doesn't normally get. But so is a lot of the U.S.!

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    What type pump do you have, a submersible in the well or a jet pump above ground?

    A jet pump won't pump much ice without it damaging it. Have you taken steps to prevent water lines and the pump from freezing? If not, the consequence is serious and expensive damage while you have no water until you fix it.

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    The first thing to freeze in most systems is the tubing feeding pressure to the pressure switch. It's usually 1/4" or smaller, so it freezes first. If it freezes when the pump is not running, the pump won't come on again until it thaws.

    Getting the area protected against freezing should be your step.

    Damn this global warming. Al Gore was right all right!

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    Thanks for all your suggestions. Once the temp got back to 30s yesterday and today, I had no problem at all. Yes, there is like a 50 foot pipe running from my deep well to my house that is just probably 1 foot under the ground ... and that must have been frozen when temps got to 10 degrees F. How do you protect that ? Any suggestions? Do I just call my local plumber next time.

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    Like Carm said, your getting temps your area doesn't usually get. If you really want to be protected, you will have to bury the pipe deeper in the ground to prevent freezing.

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