A pump house can help keep your water pump safe from damage, out of the elements. If you have a well dug at your home, secure the well pump with a strong, sturdy building that will save you money in costs of operation and maintenance. Depending on how elaborate you want to make your plans, or what your current needs are, you could turn you pump house into a storage shed, pool changing area, outdoor bathroom or even workshop. A building like this could be expensive to build,and require special building skills. However, a simple, strong, long lasting pump house can be an easy task for a beginning do-it-yourselfer.The first step in hooking up the well pump was to unroll and line up the 1/2″ poly pipe, the 8 gauge submersible wire, and the 3/8″ safety rope. Once each of the 200 foot lengths was laid out we bundled the lines together, securing them to one another with plastic zip ties at 10 foot intervals. Though the poly pipe was somewhat rigid, fortunately we managed to stage it for installation without putting any kinks in it.Next, Patrick connected the pipe, the wire and the rope to our Sun Pumps submersible pump. The poly pipe is connected onto the top of the pump with a pipe clamp and the safety rope is fastened at the designated point with a series of knots reinforced with plastic ties. I watched as Patrick wired the pump to the power source and it looked like a fairly straightforward process. He used parts supplied in the water proof splice kit to connect the wires on the pump to the 200 feet of submersible wire. The kit supplied shrink wrap tubing which we used to create a water tight seal around the spiced wires.
1-Prepare to build your pump house to cover your well pump. If you do not already have a dug well, you will need to either dig one yourself or have one dug. Make sure that the well is properly sealed and encased so that dirt cannot get into your water. Make sure that electricity can be hooked up to the motor and tank at this time. Lower the pipe from the pressure tank and pump into the well. This is so you will be able to get your water flowing.
2-Set your water pump, pressure tank and motor on the top of the well. You will have a dirt floor for your pump house. You need to attach an electric box and wire the motor, pump and tank together so it’s working when you flip the switch. You should also use the electric conduit to keep the wires from water damage and other types of damage that might occur.
3-Dig holes for the 2-by-6-foot posts; they should be only about 4 feet apart. Place the poles in the dug holes; you will want only about 4 feet of your pole to be extended out of the ground. It is best to dig your holes at least 3 1/2 feet deep; this ensures that the posts are far enough in the ground that they will not sway or fall. Nail the 2-by-4 to the posts to make your walls. Line them with insulation to provide a protective barrier from the freezing weather. At this time, you may want to use concrete or just pack dirt tightly to stabilize the posts.
4-Begin nailing the 2-by-4-foot boards to the 2-by-6-foot posts; this will make the walls of your pump house. Line them with insulation to provide a protective barrier from the freezing weather.
5-Build your roof by adding 2-by-4-inch studs to the top of the posts. Slant these so when you attach the tin, you will have a water runoff. Attach the tin to complete the roof. Use roofing nails to secure the tin. These nails have a rubber ring to seal holes made by the nail.
6-Make a square opening on any side of your pump house. It has to be big enough to pull the pressure tank through for repairs. Build a square out of 2-by-4 studs to match the opening you just made. Insulate inside and attach it with a large hinge. You may want to use a latch to keep it closed.