Underground metal well cover/house

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by Greg Mueller, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. Greg Mueller

    Greg Mueller New Member

    Messages:
    52
    Location:
    Sometimes WA, Sometimes NM
    I'm trying to find out information about these. They are for extreme temperature areas.
    They are like a piece of culvert standing on end with a domed top with a hatch in it. They have no bottom. They are about 6' in diameter and probably the same height.
    The idea is to put your pressure tank/etc in this underground structure in cold weather areas. Since the earth stays at about 50° the stuff won't freeze. I've seen them around Datil (NM), but I'm not there to look now

    My mom is having troubles with critters digging into her well house and knocking the heater over, not to mention the cost of 'lectricity for the heater. When it gets down below the teens she loses her water

    Anybody know a make/model/manufacturer ?

    Thanks
  2. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

    Messages:
    3,261
    Location:
    northfork, california
    pipe heat tape would be much cheaper and heat only the pipes enough to keep them from freezing, and since the pump house is now NOT warm, critters wont be so interested. insulate over the tape.
  3. Greg Mueller

    Greg Mueller New Member

    Messages:
    52
    Location:
    Sometimes WA, Sometimes NM
    We've tried a few things.
    Mostly it is the pressure tank that ices up, but the lines, of course, freeze too.
    It's not uncommon to see them down there

    The first time I saw one I thought a UFO had landed
  4. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

    Messages:
    3,261
    Location:
    northfork, california
    letting a faucet trickle enough to run the pump every 1/2 hour is cheaper than a electric heater, my guess.
  5. Greg Mueller

    Greg Mueller New Member

    Messages:
    52
    Location:
    Sometimes WA, Sometimes NM
    It also is like a metal grain bin with a domed top
  6. valveman

    valveman Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    4,378
    Location:
    Lubbock, Texas
    There are always tradeoffs. The problems I have with those kind of vaults is condensation dripping on everything making copper turn green, drainage, and cost. I tore down an old well house that was always full of critters. I put in a pitless adapter and moved my little tank and pressure switch inside the house. Everything at the well is buried and I put one of those fake rocks over the top of the casing. Life is good.
  7. Greg Mueller

    Greg Mueller New Member

    Messages:
    52
    Location:
    Sometimes WA, Sometimes NM
    I called the local water well place (Williams Windmills in Lemitar) and it turns out they made those underground vaultish things.
    Not too much humidity in Datil. 16-18 inches of rain per year (all on the same day) and 15-20% humidity typically (unless it rains)
  8. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

    Messages:
    3,261
    Location:
    northfork, california
    I would only use a vault if you also need a tornado shelter.
  9. masterpumpman

    masterpumpman New Member

    Messages:
    729
    Location:
    Virginia Beach, VA
    We used the corrigated drainage type vaults in NM and they worked fine except that the well must still be outside the vault, they are very close to enter and service and you usually had to remove the lid and enter the vault to service anything.

    I like the Pside-Kick since it entered the picture a few years ago. Now the small tank and controls can be installed in or under the house, in a closet or in the garage. Now there's no need to heat or bury anything, it's easy to service, extends the life of the pumping systen, eliminates most water hammer, gives a constant pressure and it's easy to service. Oh Yeh, The Pside-Kick requires very little space, costs a lot less and animals and bugs aren't likely to bother it.
Similar Threads: Underground metal
Forum Title Date
Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog How can I automatically take water from 2 underground water tanks Jun 29, 2014
Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog need reccomendations on submersible pump for underground storage tank Jan 21, 2013
Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog well water, underground plastic tank...can it be pressurized? Dec 31, 2012
Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog gravity underground sand filter Jun 17, 2011
Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog Trouble with Underground Pipe to the Lake Aug 4, 2009

Share This Page