My pressure tank resides in a 4' diameter corrugated section of pipe and
about 4' below ground level. The pipe extends above ground about 12" on the
uphill side and 16" on the downhill side. When I bought the property there
was a piece of plywood over the pipe and a tarp over that. The previous
owner said that he hadn't had any problem with freezing in the 6 years it
was there. OTOH, we haven't had a bad winter in those years either. Being
suspicious I decide to put in place a 4" thick x 4' dia beadboard disc for
insulation. OK, that's the backround (sheesh!)
I need to install a water filtration system in that hole but can't imagine
having to go through all that material every time I need to change a filter.
The house is a new double wide that we use for a cabin and the underside is
well sealed and the main entry point isn't very evident inside the house.
Not too sure how to locate that. What do you think is the best option?
Please don't suggest calling the people I bought the house from. They
installed it backwards (facing the wrong way) and it got ugly before I got
my way. They don't want anything to do with me (imagine!). Apologies in
advance for the long story.
Your first job is to locate the place the pipe enters the house. You
should know where it is anyhow. If a pipe breaks and you start
flooding, you dont want to hunt down the then. You want to find it
NOW. Find it, then put the filter there.
Look near the water heater for starters. Sometimes there is a label
on the outside of the building. Look for an indent in the lawn where
the trench was run. It cant be that hard to find, just trace the
pipes. There is likely a closet and often behind a bathroom. Once
again, look for the water heater.
The first thing all homeowners and renters should know is where to
shut off the main water valve, the main gas valve, and the main
breaker. It's time you find them. Shut off your computer NOW, and go
Thanks. You and Ed are right about knowing where the water comes into the
cabin. I didn't see it when I had the panels down to get to the water
heater but then again, I wasn't looking for it. These places are built as
'economically' as possible - in terms of money and space. Whereever it is
I'm betting that there is very limited space to install but I haven't given
up on the idea. It is the better place and would save having to build an
enclosure over the tank and insulate it. I'll be there for the Memorial Day
holiday and give it a going over. Sorry it was stupid question - I had a
brain fixation on that dang pipe in the ground.
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