I have a vacation house in Lille, Maine, and it has a well.
When it comes to the pipe that runs from the well to the house, I was
wondering if anyone knows how deep that would have to be for that part of
the country? Four feet? Deeper?
I guess -20 weather is normal for northern Maine, but I live in Connecticut
full-time, so I worry about these things.
It depends on the material you backfilled with. I saw some lines at 5 to 6
feet freeze last year.
For the most part though 4' is ok. Any less and you need to cover it with
BTW make sure you spend as much money in Maine as you can, because people
are ruining this state by driving up property values. Jobs don't pay like
they do in your area
thats why our real estate used to be cheap. you people who have so much
money you can buy
2 friggen homes are making it impossible for our familys to afford a first
home up here.
I live in the Southeast. We only bury our water pipes 12" deep. Just
call your local code enforcement office and ask them what they want.
it gets much colder in Maine than is does here (or pretty much
anywhere else). As a homeowner, you have the right to pull your own
permits. You shoudl go ahead and pull a homeowner permit and do the
work legal. If you have asshole inspectors and they find out, they can
make you dig it up so they can inspect the work.
You can also ask your inspections office specifics about what they
want to see when they come to inspect that job.
Also, don't forget to call a utility locating company (inspections
office can give you the number) and have your undergroudn utilities
located. It's pretty expensive to pay the electric company or your gas
company to come fix pipes that you accidentally damage
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