I have a vacation home in Vermont and every year, usually February, the pipe from the well freezes underneath the house and I don't have water until the spring thaw. The pump is fine and there appears to be heating tape on the pipe but it's probably shot.I don't have access to the crawl space so I need to come up with a way to drain the pipe so it doesn't freeze when I'm away this winter (I don't want to tear up my bathroom floor). A local plumber suggested a dry hydrant outside at the well so that the water could drain back into the well. Was wondering if anyone knows if this is the way to go or are there other options for keeping the line into the house from freezing. The well is 190' with a submersible pump.
Thanks for any advice