SimplePUMP is Simply Better in the cold than any other hand pump. Here’s how…
The SIMPLE PUMP
People in every state use the SimplePUMP in the winter, even without a pump house. SimplePUMPs are operated trouble-free in Alaska, in the Colorado Rockies at 9000 feet, and in the coldest parts of the Mid-West.
“I installed the pump this Fall at 11,000 feet and it is now working during the coldest part of the year!” ~Colorado
Your SimplePUMP will be freeze-proof in one of two ways, depending on your well… with our pitless adaptor or pumping above ground with a weep hole.
OUR PITLESS ADAPTOR
If you have a well with a submersible on a pitless (running your pipes and wiring underground), or if you are installing a SimplePUMP into a new well, the SimplePUMP pitless adaptor allows you to connect directly to an underground line. In this case, your water will run below freezing level. With a Bison, Baker and others, this is not an option. In fact, there is no other hand pump that offers a pitless option.
For simplicity and lower cost, most people choose to have their backup pump run water above ground. In this circumstance, your SimplePUMP won’t freeze thanks to a small, built-in “weep hole”. This 1/16 inch hole, drilled in the top drop pipe, allows the water in the pump-head to drain out to below the frost line. The weep hole is exactly the right size to drain water fast enough that it won’t freeze. If your frost line is lower than 4 feet, we will happily create a custom weep hole for you at no extra cost.
PUMPING INTO PRESSURE
Additionally, if you want to pump into your home’s pressure tank, SimplePUMP’s one-way check valve can let air in behind the valve, allowing water to drain out of the pump head in freezing weather.
Whether you have a pitless or are pumping above ground, you can further protect against freezing by leaving the handle pointing up after use. By doing this the stainless steel pump rod is kept ice-free inside the pump head.
Now that you know your options with the SimplePUMP, compare our anti-freeze protection with our closest competitor — the Bison.
NO PITLESS OPTION
First, Bison has no pitless option to allow you to run your water underground from your hand pump to your home. So your choice to do this is immediately removed. But perhaps you don’t want to put your hand pump on a pitless. For pumping above ground, the SimplePUMP has other advantages. Just two are:
DRILL YOUR OWN WEEP HOLE
For the above ground system, you will need a weep hole, as you do with the SimplePUMP. But if you buy a Bison, you’re going to have to drill your own weep-hole before you install it.
From Bison’s website…”Prior to installing the last piece of pipe and rod, drill an 1/8″ weep hole in the pipe just below where the frost line is for your area. … * This does not apply for inline hand pumps where freezing may occur.”
So Bison inline pumps can’t be freeze-proofed and YOU have to do the work if you get one of their other pumps. Aside from the tricky job of having to drill your own weep hole on the curved pipe, there’s another huge disadvantage with the Bison “do-it-yourself” freeze-proofing — reduced efficiency.
SIZE MAKES A DIFFERENCE HERE
SimplePUMP’s much small weep hole equals considerably greater pumping efficiency.
SimplePUMP’s weep hole is 1/16 inch. Bison recommends you drill a 1/8 inch hole. That’s FOUR TIMES the area of the SimplePUMP weep hole.
The size difference between the two holes means a significant difference in the amount of pressure you need to exert on the pump handle when you are pumping water! The amount of pressure lost due to the large weep hole in the Bison means you would certainly notice a difference in pumping water from your well.