How to Winterize a Well Pressure Tank

Properly closing up a summer home or cabin for the season is a job that can save thousands of dollars in repair bills. One of the most important tasks in colder climates is winterizing your well's pressure tank. Water in a tank left in a dwelling without heat over the winter can damage the pressure bladder or, in extreme situations, even cause the tank to rupture. Preventing this damage is a simple process that requires no tools and takes only a few moments to complete.

Winterizing your well pressure tank is a simple task.

Step 1

Turn off the electrical power to the well pump. Locate the breakers for the pump in the dwelling's main service panel and switch them to the off position.

Step 2

Attach a garden hose to the drain valve located at the bottom of the pressure tank.

Step 3

Place the end of the hose outside the dwelling.

Step 4

Open the pressure tank's drain valve and allow the water to run until the tank is empty.

Step 5

Remove the hose from the drain valve. Leave the drain valve open. This allows any remaining moisture or condensation an escape route from the tank. Place a small bowl or container under the drain if it is located over a surface that may be damaged by dripping water.