Insulating Water Well Line into Interior Walls of Cottage - Chases for Copper Lines

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by chuck b, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. chuck b

    chuck b sea-bee

    Jan 19, 2011
    levering, michigan
    Will have a deep water well installed soon in my northern Michigan cottage. I will keep the heat on to prevent the pipes from freezing during the winter, and will run the lines through the inside walls and chases. Any good ideas on the placement and construction of chases for the copper piping?

    The water line from the well will be below the frost level, but how does one guard against the pipes freezing as they move up toward ground level and into the cottage. Also, what is the best way for them to enter the cottage which is on a crawl space of 24" above ground. The cottage is of stick (2 x 4) construction, and is vinyl sided.

    Have heard anecdotal suggestions about using heat tape, casing the pipe in 4" schedule 40 pvc, etc. There must be a more professional technique to deal with this issue.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. dlarrivee

    dlarrivee New Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Heat tracing and insulating is professional.

    Where else do you expect the warmth to come from?
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  4. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

    Jan 5, 2008
    Test, Don't Guess!
    Land of Cheese
    Treat the crawl space as if it were your basement. Sealing the place up and keeping it above freezing will allow you to build it just like any other house with a basement.
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