Friday, September 30, 2016

Insulated Outdoor Decorative Well Covers For Large Pumps & Tanks

Many people looking to buy outdoor decorative well covers for large well pumps and well pressure tanks find it challenging because their isn't much of a selection, and what is available can be quite expensive.

As a first step when looking to buy outdoor decorative well covers it's important to consider what type of insulation is needed in order to provide adequate frost and freeze protection. Depending on where the outdoor well is located, insulating and or heating the well pump and pressure tank may be necessary.

Are Insulated Decorative Well Covers Necessary For Large Pumps & Tanks?

If you live in an area where the temperatures dip below the freezing mark for an extended period of time, then an insulated decorative well cover may be a wise choice. Decorative well covers for large pumps and tanks can be purchased with the insulation incorporated into the hard walls of the enclosure, or as a separate insulation bag or blanket.

Using a well insulation bag usually provides better R-value because it forms a tighter seal around the well head or well pressure tank. Many insulation bags for large outdoor well pumps and pressure tanks are manufactured with grommets positioned at the end near the opening. This way if the insulation bag is placed over a large outdoor well pressure tank it can be fastened to the bottom of the tank to pin it down and prevent the wind from uncovering it.

Large outdoor well pressure tanks will require large size insulation bags, but keep in mind that the insulation need not extend all the way to the ground.  At the base of the well pressure tank is a pedestal, and this pedestal does not need to be covered.

In order to save money, many home owners elect to insulate large outdoor well pressure tanks using just an insulation bag or blanket, leaving the hard cover out of the equation. While this can save money, it's not usually considered an ideal route.

For one, when left out in the elements the large pressure tank insulation bag is prone to U.V. damage, damage from rodents, tampering, and other factors. If it's a temporary scenario when an insulation bag is placed over a well pressure tank for a couple days during a cold spell, or at night when the temperature drops then it's usually viable. But throwing an insulation bag over a large outdoor well pressure tank and leaving it out there year round and 24/7 is never a good idea.

Insulated decorative well covers for large outdoor wells & pressure tanks are better if they include a hard shell in addition to the insulation material. The hard shell enclosure is important for 3 reasons:

  • It provides protection from the wind and helps retain heat;
  • It provides security and protection from theft and tampering;
  • It helps keep critters out and prevents U.V. damage;

While going with a standalone outdoor well insulation bag is going to save money right out of the gates, chances are it's going to end up costing more in the long run if the pump or tank is damaged from freezing weather or frost. This is the main reason we suggested hard covers insulated decorative well covers for large outdoor wells and pressure tanks.


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Water Worker Outdoor Well Pressure Tank Insulation Covers

Water Worker outdoor well pressure tank insulation covers and enclosures can be important for preventing frost and freeze damage in colder winter months and during spring and fall freezes. Water Worker manufactures a variety of different outdoor well pressure tank sizes for a variety of different applications.

Some of the most popular Water Worker well pressure tank sizes are: 20 gal, 32 gal, 44 gal, 62 gal, 86 gal, 119 gal.

Outdoor Well Pressure Tank Insulation Covers For Water Worker Pressure Tanks

The size of Water Worker pressure tank you have will determine the size of the outdoor well pressure tank insulation covers that are needed in order to provide adequate frost protection and freeze protection.

Placing a well pressure tank insulation blanket or bag over a Water Worker pressure tank that does not fully enclose the entire tank can leave it susceptible to frost or freeze damage. It's also important to determine the extent of protection that is needed for your particular application. This can depend on a variety of factors including where the tank is located geographically, wind exposure, severity of temperature fluctuations and other factors.

insualte-water-worker-well-tankThe DekoRRa brand outdoor well pressure tank insulation covers we sell work well over a wide variety of Water Worker well pressure tank sizes. The first step in determining what size outdoor well pressure tank insulation blanket or bag is needed is to carefully measure the total height of the tank from the ground to the top in addition to the diameter which is a diagonal measurement across the top center of the tank.

Once the well tank is measured you can view our selection of outdoor well pressure tank insulation covers to determine which model will best suit your application and tank size. It's important to realize that wind is probably the biggest culprit when it comes to outdoor pressure tank frost and freeze damage. By preventing exposure to the wind, you can reduce the risk of cold weather damage. While outdoor well pressure tank insulation covers and blankets do help to provide wind protection for Water Worker well tanks, often times it is best to use a hard sided enclosure in addition to the insulation underneath.

Regardless of the size of Water Works pressure tank you own, it's going to be better protected from frost and freeze with outdoor well pressure tank insulation covers used in tandem with hard enclosures like these large fake rock covers to provide additional protection from the heat robbing wind.



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Monday, September 12, 2016

Fiberglass Backflow Enclosures Have Met Their Match

Fiberglass backflow enclosures have been around for several years as one of the few choices for backflow protection and backflow insulation.

While fiberglass backflow enclosures look nice new out of the box, it doesn't take long for them to show their age when left outside and exposed to the elements and the rigors of every day use like mowing and string trimming.

Fiberglass becomes brittle from U.V. exposure and can crack easily. It's heavy, fades quickly, and is prone to impact damage.

What's Better Than Fiberglass Backflow Enclosures?

fiberglass hotbox backflow coverThe high-density polyethylene used in manufacturing DekoRRa's USA made backflow enclosures offer many advantages over the old fashioned fiberglass designs.  For one, they are lighter weight and easier to use, making placement over backflow prevention devices much easier and user friendly.

DekoRRa also mixes an advanced U.V. inhibitor into the polyethylene polymers. This creates a wall of ultraviolet light protection throughout the entire thickness and totally eliminates sun fade and weakening of the enclosure over time.

The thickly molded polyethylene design is highly impact resistant, and not brittle like fiberglass backflow enclosures are. Strike a DekoRRa polyethylene backflow cover with a baseball bat and it will give and flex to help absorb the shock. A fiberglass backflow enclosure on the the other hand, will crack easily and in many cases fail completely.

Because DekoRRa backflow enclosures are made of this superior material, they are virtually maintenance free. All of the colorant and texture material is molded into the enclosure. Nothing is sprayed or painted on, so one need not worry about chipping, flaking, and having to sand and re-paint.

Curb appeal is another great feature. While most fiberglass backflow enclosures are square, rectangular and boxy, the DekoRRa brand features a smoothly rounded shape that blends into the landscape with a much more pleasing appearance.

And the polyethylene design doesn't sacrifice security. Like many fiberglass backflow enclosures, the DekoRRa brand features dual locking hasps for fast and easy padlock access. And removing the cover is easy once the locks have been removed. Simply lift the top of the cover off the base.

Each of the DekoRRa backflow enclosures is available in 3 ASSE classifications with options for both insulated and insulated and heated backflow enclosures.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hide That Ugly Septic Tank Fast And Easy

Using a decorative fake rock septic cover to hide those ugly septic tanks and septic risers is a great way to get it done quickly and help blend it in with the surrounding landscaping.

But the problem many home owners have is choosing the right fake rock septic covers to fit over the existing cover or riser. Septics come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. While some may only protrude from the ground a couple inches, others have a foot or more of exposure, requiring larger fake rocks.

Measuring the septic tank then trying to decipher the dimensions of the fake rocks interior can be a challenge since the amount of interior space varies inside of the rock due to the shape of the rock and the texture.

Here's How To Find Decorative Fake Rock Septic Covers The Easy Way

At RocksFast we like to make things easy for our customers, and we've taken all the dirty work out of finding the right decorative fake rock septic covers for your home landscaping. Simply:

  1. Measure the diameter of the septic tank cover. Remember, diameter is a diagonal measurement across the middle of the top of the tank cover.
  2. Measure the height of the septic tank riser from the ground up to the top.
  3.  Enter the measurements into the form on this page. You can include a photo of the tank as well.

Three simple steps is all it takes!  We'll look at the dimensions of your septic tank and email you back with a list of all the different DekoRRa fake rocks for septics that will work for your application. It's super fast, super easy, and a huge time saver!

But What If The Septic Tank In My Yard Sticks Up Very High?

Not to worry!  In many cases one can simply add mulch or soil around the base of the septic tank. When the decorative septic cover rock is placed over the riser, it rests on the mounded soil or mulch to boost its height. We'll be sure to let you know if certain DekoRRa fake rocks for septics will require mulch or soil be added in order to cover your tank.

I heard I Can't Use Decorative Fake Rock Septic Covers Because My Tank Is Vented

No problem! When you order from you can add vents to the fake rock septic cover. The vents are painted to match the rock color, and are installed prior to shipment.

Can I Use Decorative Fake Rock Septic Covers If There's A Junction Box On The Riser?

For sure!  Just be sure to note that the septic tank has a junction box on the side and include its dimensions when you submit the form. The junction box is a small rectangular box on the side of some septic tanks which house electrical components. Not all tanks have them.

So, it doesn't get any easier than this to hide that ugly septic tank with a decorative fake rock septic cover! Take some quick measurements, enter them here, and we'll do all the dirty work to help hook you up with the perfect fake rocks!


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Thursday, September 1, 2016

New DekoRRa Model 117 Fake Rock Cover A Great Backflow Enclosure

If you're in the market for a fake rock cover that works well as a backflow enclosure for backflow protection, the new DekoRRa Model 117 may be a great choice. With a design inspired by the Model 110, a fake rock cover specifically designed for backflow protection, the 117 Model brings an even more realistic texture and shape to the table.

Protecting and insulating backflow valves can be tricky because of their awkward shape when installed. A typical install has two water pipes leading up from the ground and then turning towards each other at 90 degree angles and meeting at the backflow prevention valve in the middle.

Model 117 Backflow Enclosure Fake Rock CoverfDepending on the type of backflow valve, it's size, and local codes regulating height and other factors many homeowners find themselves tasked with covering an protecting over 30 inches of pipe in this awkward layout.

The DekoRRa Model 117 fake rock cover features a slightly rectangular shape about twice as long as it is wide. In many cases this shape can make a perfect fake rock backflow cover, depending on how high and long a particular installation is.

While the DekoRRa Model 110 fake rock cover features more of a pyramid shape, the 117 has a flatter top which to some appears more natural. Although the flatter top does restrict it's use in some cases where the backflow valve has been installed higher than 19 inches.

Like any good backflow enclosures, the Model 117 fake rock cover is designed with flanges at its base through which stakes are driven to pin the edges to the ground. If inspection is required, or the unit is in need of backflow parts or backflow repair kits, the fake rock cover can be easily removed. It is possible to use concrete anchors as well should the backflow enclosure require to be bolted or locked to a concrete pad for security or code approval.

It's also important to consider the amount of space any backflow insulation will require underneath the fake rock cover. If the backflow valve alone is right on the edge of being too large for the DekoRRa Model 117 fake rocks to fully enclose, plus you intend to add additional insulation for added backflow protection, it's important to know exactly how much space that added insulation will need.

By measuring carefully and using the interior dimension charts it's easy to determine if the DekoRRa Model 117 fake rock cover is the right backflow enclosure for a particular application. Remember, if height is an issue mulch or soil can be added under the fake rock cover in order to boost the height a bit. This can be very helpful and can also help the fake rock cover blend into the surrounding landscape.

That's one of the positives of using a fake rock cover like the DekoRRa Model 117 as a backflow enclosure. If it's placed correctly and mulched to match your home landscaping it can actually enhance your yard or garden area. The color and texture of the DekoRRa fake rocks are so realistic that they appear real even up close.


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