Our water sometimes freezes. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not a huge problem – it probably happens twice every 2 years. Usually we remember to leave the faucets running a little on the Really Cold Nights,the ones that are predicted to drop below – gasp, shiver! – 32 degrees.
We also have all the pipes under the house wrapped. But we do have some exposed sections out at the well, around the pump and the pressure tank. We’ve wrapped them in the past but it just never holds out there, even with duct tape. There are a lot of very short sections and too many joints. If it freezes, this is where it happens. And it always seems to happen on my birthday. Happy birthday to me.
But today, as Megan was untangling Christmas lights and hanging them on the deck rails, I had a flashback to a radio program I heard over the weekend. The speaker was telling how a listener protected her delicate saplings from freezing by covering them with a sheet and hanging Christmas lights on them to generate enough warmth to keep them from freezing.
Now I’m thinking we should decorate our well and pressure tank with the extra lights. I don’t think our display would win any awards, but we can throw a tarp over it to trap the heat. I would sure enjoy a hot shower, a flushing toilet and a cup of coffee on my birthday.