Critters cause problems with water pump

Until I retired from our job, I lived up north! The area is known for the dire Winter weather.

Temperatures below freezing are a problem for about half the year. The water heater, water pump and oil furnace were installed in the basement, and i insulated the basement and frequently distraught about pipes freezing. There were times when I hooked up a space heating system to combat temperatures in the negatives! When I relocated to the south, I discovered that the majority of the houses don’t include basements. The water heating system is officially installed into a closet in the house. The water pump often sits outside, exposed to the elements. The apartment I purchased has the water pump situated right in the middle of the front yard. It’s rather large, bright orange and not appealing. I’ve created a garden around the water pump to somewhat conceal it. About a year after I moved in, I turned on the tap for a shower and had no water whatsoever. I checked the pump but had no clue what to look for; Since I guess really nothing about how to solve plumbing concerns, I called a professional plumber. He removed the covering off a small box beside the water pump where the start-up switch is located. He showed me that ants had built a nest inside. He used a sheet of nice sandpaper to remove the debris and clean the wires. After that, the pump started right up and I once again had plenty of water. Although I correctly spray for ants around the water pump, I’ve faced the same problem many times.

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