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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-26-2011, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Pressure tank for a well

Does anybody have the pressure tank buried outside in a pit?

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-26-2011, 07:57 PM
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Re: Pressure tank for a well

I have two inside the house. I have seen them installed in a pit. What is your concern?
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Re: Pressure tank for a well

We have one @ camp. On the 2nd one in 15 years.
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Re: Pressure tank for a well

ours is outside in a pit.
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Re: Pressure tank for a well

My camp pressure tank has been outside in a block pit, since 1980. No issues with freezing. Almost 4' to the bottom of the pit, wood cover. It's a fairly small Well-Xtrol tank, a bit larger dimensionally, than a 5 gal pail.

Now on my second tank, as the original one "lost" the neoprene bladder about 6 years ago.

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Re: Pressure tank for a well

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My camp pressure tank has been outside in a block pit, since 1980. No issues with freezing. Almost 4' to the bottom of the pit, wood cover. It's a fairly small Well-Xtrol tank, a bit larger dimensionally, than a 5 gal pail.

Now on my second tank, as the original one "lost" the neoprene bladder about 6 years ago.

Our set-up sounds just about the same as DennyF.
We changed ours a couple of years ago and I figure it was about 18 yrs old at the time.
We put a drain pipe on ours and put insulation in some bags and stuff it around and over the tank for the winter.
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Re: Pressure tank for a well

Mine is in a shed. I've only ever replaced the switch that regulates when the pump starts and stops and I dont believe that was weather related.

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Re: Pressure tank for a well

Thanks for the replies fellers.
Here's my concern,I had my well for about ten years hooked up to a hydrant off my deck.No freezing.However I had to replace two pressure switches because of moisture.The pressure switch is right under the well cap.
As for the tank the driller cut the bottom of a blue fiberglass 55 gal barrel and put the tank in it.Two problems,you can't get in to work on it and it's now filled with water.I contacted another driller who said the tank should be inside the camp with a drain.However in my opinion the pipe coming out of the ground below camp in side will freeze.The camp isn't heated when we're not there.
So I'm not sure what to do.I like the idea of a pit but that's alot of digging.
I appreciate the help.

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Mine is in a shed. I've only ever replaced the switch that regulates when the pump starts and stops and I dont believe that was weather related.
Doesn't it freeze?

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Re: Pressure tank for a well

Truthfully, I drain everything in the fall and haven't run it in winter for years. The way the plumbing is set up, there's a valve near the bottom of the tank. I put air to the pipes and blow all the water out at the end of each year.

I have a year round setup at home, but the tank is in my basement, which doesn't get that cold.

Sorry, I couldn't help.

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