Does anyone have any experience with pump houses?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by windwa, May 31, 2005.

  1. windwa

    windwa Member

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    Does anyone have any experience with pump houses? I am working with another fellow on a project to upgrade his well (it does not have a pitless adapter …no concrete sealing the casing etc.). He wants to install a pump house something like a shed, and further, he wants to make it tippable, so a future well/pump man could come in and have access to his submersible pump.

    First, if he has a pitless adapter (or pitless unit) why would he need a pump house? Wouldn’t the depth prevent freezing? Second, if he felt the well cap needed enclosing, why would he need to build a building, why not a trap door kind of thing?

    And most importantly, has anyone EVER heard of a tippable pump house?

    Thanks

    Windwa
     
  2. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

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    Last pump house I built had the roof attached with 4 turnbuckles, large ones. Yes, a pump house is needed to shield the pump from the rain.
     

  3. Ozarks_1

    Ozarks_1 Well-Known Member

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    moopups, that's a good idea.

    I'll be replacing our pump house later this year - I got one of those big old fiberglass satellite dishes that's going to be my removable roof.
     
  4. Farmer Brown

    Farmer Brown Well-Known Member

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    Tipping is good. Anything is good to get at the pump in a hurry. I have hook eyes in roof and lift entire house off with front end loader. But---first must remove electric boxed from inside wall and unhook freezeproof hydrant (cut pvc line). Lot's of people just make a roof you can set off. FB
     
  5. mink

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    here in new york all the well casing just have caps . a pitlass adapter and submersible pump in the well. theres never a freezing problem as the water lines are 4-5 foot deep. any house that has an above ground pump its usually in the basement
    mink
     
  6. windwa

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    Thanks for the comments

    I should have indicated that the pump itself is submersible. I agree with the idea of access for a driller/pump repairman .... IF it needed to be enclosed, I would have thought a flat hinged door could lift open ... why build a tippable building?

    Is this common in any particular area of the country?

    Windwa
     
  7. WisJim

    WisJim Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Most states a pump house would be illegal. If it is a submersible pump, put in a pitless adapter and be done with it. I had a pitless adapter put in--actually the old one replaced--when we bought our place 16 years ago. I did most of the digging to get at it, and the plumber did the rest. The old adapter was a siphon type with the pipe coming out of the top of the well casing and it would freeze up. No problems at all in the last 15 years.

    Jim
     
  8. Blu3duk

    Blu3duk Well-Known Member

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    Not sure why a pump house would be unlawful in any state,but then it is possible that some states are socialist now.... no longer have a republican form of government.

    Anyhow, my pump house contains my electrical box for the pump conection, and my pressure tank..... i would love to add about 4-5000 gallon storage tank with an auxillery pump to keep my deep well from running for a 20 gallon fill.... but the well casing sits away from the pump house about 10 feet so is out side the building. I do now of a few wells with casing inside the uilding with removable roofs should the pump need be pulled, even built one 8x8 for a new contruction a couple years back.

    And of course there a couple places around here that actually built the house over the well casing..... but if they ever have to pull the pump they figure to open up a hole in the roof and pull it that way [not my idea of a good plan] however they can install a pitcher pump on their well casing and have no need for a holding tank inside the house.

    My pump houe was already in place when we bought the property, or i might have built it differently myslef.... is a wonder what a person gets used to having and not remodeling it to suit.....

    William
     
  9. WisJim

    WisJim Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It is for well access and to prevent contamination. The plumbing codes want clear overhead access to simplify pulling a well, etc.

    Jim
     
  10. Oilpatch197

    Oilpatch197 Well-Known Member

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    Good thing we don't have codes here.

    We just made a simple well house with the "oatmeal" insulation, and a flat slanted roof that lifts off, it finally rotted out!

    it stood about 5 foot high.
     
  11. momanto

    momanto SW FLORIDA HAPPYLAND

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    Pump House- A Woman's Nightmare To Walk Into. The Pump House Is A Ted's Shed W/concrete Floor. Not Hardly High Enough To Stand Up, Aways Got A Small Leak Or Rain On The Floor. Electric Connections And Pipes- Looks Like A Nightmare. It Is Safe. It Just Looks Creepy.

    Our Well Is About 2 Ft Outside The Pump House. The Pump Is Directly Attached To The Well ( Not Sub.) It Has A Small Tank- This Pumps It Into The Pump House Where It Goes Into A 4'x4'x4' Homemade Aerator From There Another Pump Collects It Into A Holding Tank About 3 Times Larger Than The Outside Pump. This Tank Pushes The Water Into A Water Softener And Onto The House System. The System Is Plumbed So That Water Bypasses The Aerator And Goes Underground To The Two Barns.

    We Live In A Fairly Safe Area - Hurricanes Come/go Not Much Damage. Would Have No Reason To Change The Pump House For Weather Reasons. I Would Really Like To Have The Whole Set Up Moved To The Barn, But I Suppose It Would Be Too Far From The Well.

    Regardless Of The Pump - In/out Of Ground I Am Glad Our Setup Is Under A Shelter.