- Jul 18, 2009
My mom is in the southern part if cajun country and only a couple times a year will the temperatures get below freezing outside for a period of time. (couple of days) It might be every few years. She has a traditional water well with a 1/3HP pump and tank outside the house with pipes running to house. At the house it goes behind the bricks and gets warm there (these freezes are almost never below 20F) What my dad (RIP) did was build a tent over the Pump with 2X4s and tarps. He them hung two 100 watt work lights (drop lights) in the tent as a head source. When a freeze was coming, he would seal up the temp and turn on the drip lights. Once it was over he would open the tents to let the pumps breath and turn off the drop lights. My moms in her 80s now I she can't go out there and stumble around a pump to mess with tarps and droplights. We have family around but she is too shy to call them and ask for help with that. I'm 6 hours away which is too far to zip in every time a cold front passes through. I'm looking for a way to automate the heatsource and make a tent that doesn't need to be opened and closed like the one we have now. Is there a heater belt or other setup with a thermostat I can set for say 35F. If the outside temp gets to 35F turn on the heaters (~ 200 watts) full blast into the metal pipes to warm them up. This would need to sit outside in the heat and the rain for years. It should also be somewhat insect resistant as we have ants that like to find stuff like this and dig in. I can have the insecticide guy spray (family friend) extra well around that area to keep the little buggers off if it but if it is sealed that would be best. Anyone seen a solution for this type of problem?