Hope this is an ok place to post this, if not, sorry:
I'm about to build a new house and this house will require a well and
septic. I'm not familiar with either, but this question is about the
well pressure tank.
I'd like to place this thing inside a closet space in the garage, is
this an acceptable practice?
I'd basically have a space for the water heater, pressure tank and a
water softener all in the same area.
I see these things in peoples front yards, back yards, etc. and don't
thing they're very attractive, hence my reasoning for putting it in a
I built a detached pump house to hold the pressure tank, filters, etc. We
set up the well on our property before we even had our house built, so this
worked best in our situation. We built ours like a small barn, nicely
painted, shingled, and trimmed out. It's an attractive addition to our
property, not an eyesore.
On the other hand, many folks place their pump mechanicals in their
basements, so I see no problem placing them in your garage instead. My only
concerns would be protection from freezing, elevating the water heater to
protect against igniting gas fumes, and dust issues if you do any kind of
woodworking in your garage. The only other issue might be the distance to
your well, which might require a heavier gauge wire run to the pump.
In general, this would be an acceptable practice. I have a mountain cabin
with a basement, and we have the water heater and pressure tank in the
basement. I like to be able to control the pressure tank switch, and to be
able to adjust and monitor the hi/low water pressure set points on the
pressure tank switch.
As one post said, special considerations would have to be given if the water
heater is a gas one (elevate off floor) and you want to be sure that the
basement or garage area will not drop well below freezing, as that could
create problems for the water heater, pressure tank, and water softner.
But, these same freezing considerations would have to be accounted for if
these items were placed outside as well.
If it were me, I would put those items in the garage, or in a basement if
you will have one !!
Hope this helps !!
Thanks for the tips guys. I'm in the greater Houston area and we don't
have basements(normally) here. I really don't think freezing will be
an issue for me although we do get freezes here, but they don't last
long. I did plan to have them install a drain in a semi-slopped floor
so that any failure whether it be water heater or any other water
handling unit fails, it'll hopefully limit any damage.
Local TX native here living in Central TX. Just for frame of reference to
keep the tank from freezing, its common to install a light fixture with
filament bulb in pump house. This, along with the fiberglass wrapping
around the tank are sufficient to keep contents from freezing. I just have
to be sure to turn on the light the evening before a heavy freeze. Don't
think you'll have any problem in an insulated garage. Be sure to insulate
the closet space bounding the exterior of the garage.
As another respondent noted cutoff valves are good idea. One at the supply
point at the pump, at the supply pipe outside the tank, at the output side
of the tank, and just before entering the house piping. Do similar with
whole house filtration system if you install same.
Have the water analyzed for iron, hydrogen sulfide gas, and sulfide solids.
Get these removed before introducing water to house supply side piping,
especially if you are using an electric hot water heater.
In addition to the other excellent responses, there are a couple of
considerations you should be aware of. Locating a GAS water heater in a
garage requires you elevate the burner 18 inches above the garage floor. And
for either gas or electric you will be required to provide "protection from
impact by automobile". This generally requires the addition of a hollow iron
pipe filled with concrete or some other substantial means of protection (up
to the locals as to what they will accept.) My guess is the closet would
provide sufficient protection on its own.
Remember that a water softener will require a 1-1/2" standpipe or floor
drain. (Remember the drainage is salt water and will corrode any metal it
touches.) The floor drain would also serve as a drain for the water tank and
water heater pop-off as well.
As far as freezing, the 32 deg line runs through the lower 1/3 of Texas. If
you live above this line, you would need to provide a heat tape on the water
lines (probably would not activate very often, but would be an easy way to
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