[Homestead] Gas explosions
genegerue at ruralize.com
Thu Jan 15 08:33:22 EST 2009
As you know, water freezes in your neighborhood in wintertime. A well
house is typically built like a cellar with four poured or block laid
walls and a solid roof with access. The well casing comes up into the
bottom of the cellar. All water connections are made down there and
the water pipe goes into the house via an underground ditch. Thus, no
freezing of water lines.
This explosion is the sort of thing that causes building codes to be
changed. The pressure switches may one day be required to be outside
of the well house.
For your amusement I will tell you that as I awoke this morning I felt
like smacking my head. I had read the words "well exploded" but I had
seen the photo of the remains of the well house. Duh.
On Jan 15, 2009, at 6:25 AM, Lynn Wigglesworth wrote:
>> Quite right. I was sidetracked by the misleading reporting that the
>> well exploded and was envisioning a broken wire at the pump but that
>> is problemmatical because it is under water. It was not the well, it
>> was the well house (pit) that exploded, thus using up all the gas
>> the traveling bubble. No gas was found in the water because it was
>> burned. For now.
> Well house (pit)? What's that?
> Lynn Wigglesworth
> Tioga Co. PA
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