Lately, nature has reminded us about how fast life changes when the power goes out. We’re now weeks out from the latest round of hurricanes, yet many Americans still don’t have power, or running water. These conditions are especially dire on Puerto Rico.
So, it is helpful that T. Webber Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is offering tips on how to keep a well-water home operating during severe weather.
Of course, not all of us get our water from a well. But for those who do, it’s important to think of what would happen if “grid power” was lost.
Without power to pump water out of a well, there’s no way to access a vital resource that’s literally right under our feet. After all, how many homes still have an old-fashioned pump as backup? Not many.
To prepare for extreme circumstances, the professionals at T. Webber are offering these tips:
- Standby generator – Installed standby generators are a reliable peace of mind for a home that depends on electricity to keep the fresh water flowing. An installed generator automatically switches on when the home loses power.
- Portable generator – Portable generators are also an option. Although less expensive than an installed standby generator, they are more labor intensive and require constant monitoring to ensure operation and safety.
- Fresh water supply – Make advance plans to ensure a safe drinking water supply if you don’t yet have an alternate water or power source in place to cope with power failures.
- It is recommended to store at least one gallon of fresh water per day for each member of the household, and you want enough for at least three days. Replenish these supplies every six months to keep the water fresh.
- Well pump maintenance – Severe storms with lightning can also impact the lifespan of a well pump. If water flow does not resume after a power-failure, T. Webber can diagnose the well pump issue and restore water flow.
If you live in New York’s Hudson Valley region, T. Webber can help you prepare for the worst. For everyone else, consider taking their sage advice. Will you be prepared when the power goes out?