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Thread: Help! Pumping sand from well

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    Default Help! Pumping sand from well

    Hello,
    I recently purchased a home which had an old well. The well was not producing much water flow so I decided to dig it up. I found it had a 3 inch casing with a 3/4 poly pipe drop tube. Turns out the metal elbow was almost corroded shut. While I had the well dug up I put a few bottles of well restore and blasted it out with an air compressor (160psi) at the bottom. After doing that I replaced the drop pipe with 1.5 pvc. The original pipe went down 21' but I put the new pipe down 23'. I get great flow 30GPM but the water has sand in it and it is messing up my sprinklers. Is there any way to stop the sand? I was thinking of digging it back up and installing a well screen. Any advise would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks,
    Paul

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    I have never heard of Well Restore, but it sounds like it did something. Possibly ate the casing. Maybe this is where the sand is coming from.

    You did good by getting rid of the 3/4" pipe and going bigger, try pumping it till it clears. It may or not do so, but it's worth a try. Since this Well Restore opened something up down there, it may take a while to develop the well back to a sand free condition. If the water level is less than 25 feet, you could use a Centrifugal Pump to pump it off, it won't agitate near as much as the air and give it a better chance to clear.

    bob...

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    Thanks for the reply. I do have a centrifugal pump on there and I am getting 30GPM open flow and about 18gpm ant 45psi which is plenty for my sprinkler setup. I had the pump running for quite some time, 5 hours or so, and the sand has gotten less but still hasn’t stopped. I dug up the well again and I am going to try adding a 5' 1&1/2 PVC well screen to the bottom of my drop tube. I am hoping this will stop the sand flow. I think the well screen on the 3" casing is probably shot being over 50 years old.
    Last edited by IHOP; 04-17-2008 at 06:24 PM.

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    The screen may stop the sand from getting to the pump, but it won't keep the well from filling up with sand until it starts covering the screen and slows down the water flow.

    bob...

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