With hurricane season well underway, and another major hurricane threatening Florida’s First Coast again, it is important to not forget about your water well when you are preparing. Here are a few Water Well Hurricane Prep tips to get your water well ready for the storm and possible flooding and what to do after the storm has passed.
Water Well Hurricane Prep – Before the Storm
There is not a great deal to do before a storm, but these simple steps can save a great deal of time, money and hassle later.
Protect your wellhead and pump.
If your pump and wellhead are exposed to the elements, take some time to cover or secure your equipment. This will help to protect it from flying debris.
Protect Electrical Components.
If you lose power make sure that you turn off your pump at the circuit breaker and leave it off during the storm. Power outages can result in spikes and surges through the electrical lines and they can result in damage to electrical components.
Also, if you do not have a surge suppressor on your pump, now is the time to add one. Even if you do not lose power, surges can still take place as other areas lose and regain power.
Fill Tubs and Sinks
Before the storm hits, fill your tub and sinks with water. If you lose power to your pump this water can be used to wash hands and flush toilets.
After the Storm
Depending on how bad the damage and flooding is in your area, you want to be very careful after the storm before turning the power back on to your pump.
Inspect the Well and Equipment.
If you did not have any flooding, take a look at the equipment to make sure there is no damage. If you see damage, call a professional before you turn on or try to operate the pump.
You Have Flooding
If your property has flooding, be extra cautious before operating your well.
First a foremost, if your have flooding, do not turn on the power. Do not go near it to avoid electrical shock. Wait for the flood water to abate before approaching.
For More Information
The National Groundwater Association has provided additional information that may be helpful.
Read the full post “Four steps for well owners to protect water wells, health during hurricane flooding” on the NGWA website.
As always you can contact Partridge Well if you have any concerns about your well, pump or septic equipment.