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    House is in northern maine, on an Artisian well, Am using a jet style goulds pump, pump is loosing it prime, and when the pump is running, I get only about 27 PSI, pump was in the basement of old house. basement was filled in and concrete slab poured for new house, lines were spliced and buried. I think I already know the answer to this question but am just making sure im right. either im leaking air somewhere in the line or the jet is clogged.

    B Dubay

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    Or, the footvalve is bad. I'm assuming, since you said this was an artesian well, that it is under pressure, so it shouldn't be a water level problem.
    Ron

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    Artesian well or flowing well?

    Could the new elevation of the pump mean that it is no longer getting pressure from the aquifer or is this a flowing well that water has shutin pressure at surface? Perhaps if this is an artesian and the static level was below natual grade there was never a footvalve installed becuase it always had formation pressure.
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    With only 27 psi, I would say the jet is plugged. If you had to do some plumbing with the system you may have knocked enough scale loose to plug it.

    Flowing well or not, a plugged jet is going to cut your pressure about in half.

    The footvalve would be necessary to hold the system pressure once the pump shuts off.

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    Good point on the check valve. thanks.
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