(206) 949-5683, Top Rated Plumber, Seattle
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 16

Thread: Non stop water coming from release valve!!!!!

  1. #1
    DIY Junior Member Doozy8's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    11

    Exclamation Non stop water coming from release valve!!!!!

    Hello everyone. I am new to the forum. I found this site trying to research an issue I woke up to this morning.....Here we go

    Water was releasing from my release valve uncontrollably this morning. Needless to say, my basement flooded. I am on a well, with a Square D pressure valve. Regardless of the valve on the pipes that I tried to shut off, it wouldn't stop the water. I finally realized to shut the power to the well pump and that finally stopped the water. After I was done cleaning up, I turned the breaker back on and the water did not come out the release valve, just whatever was left in the pipe. I don't want to put the breaker back on because I don't know what caused it and I can't predict if/when it's going to happen again. On another note, I have noticed previously that we lose water pressure in the house and a tap of the pressure valve will regain pressure immediately.

    Is this just a faulty pressure valve that should be replaced at this time? Or is it or could it be something else.

    In the pictures attached, the valve on the right under the pressure gauge is the valve that was spewing out the water.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!

    Thank you very much
    Attached Images Attached Images    

  2. #2
    General Engineering Contractor ballvalve's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    northfork, california
    Posts
    3,261

    Default

    I would change the pressure switch, add a taller riser pipe for it and put in a new release valve.

  3. #3
    DIY Junior Member Doozy8's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    11

    Default

    I've already changed the switch and added a 4" riser pipe and am in the process of changing the release valve now. Home Depot only had a 1/2" release valve when my old release valve was 3/4", so I had to get a 3/4" to 1/2" reducer and a 2" nipple and a hose connector so I can connect a short hose to run 2 feet away into the sump pit if this ever happens again.
    Does this sound ok?

    I appreciate the response and for your help. I am glad to know that I got the same answer here and in HD from 2 different people.

    Thank you!

  4. #4
    Porky Cutter,MGWC Porky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Posts
    727

    Default

    Your pressure switch didn't turn off the pump. That's the reason the relief valve released the excess pressure to save your water system. Replace the pressure switch (and the 1/4" nipple) beneath and while you are at it replace the pressure guage. Then everything should work normal. If the relief valve leaks a little, replace it. Other than that you should be in business again.
    Porky Cutter, MGWC
    (Master Ground Water Consultant)

  5. #5
    Jack of all trades DonL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    3,661

    Default

    Doozy8,

    Problems like this one are the reason that they make a pressure switch with a low pressure cut off.

    They can be a pain to restart, But can be worth the $5 dollar extra cost.

    Have a great Day.

    DonL
    Theory only works perfect in a vacuum.

    Cyber Security Protection for Windows C:\ > WWW.WinForce.Net

  6. #6
    In the Trades Tom Sawyer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Maine
    Posts
    2,944

    Default

    Bet the nipple from the tank tee to the pressure switch was plugged

  7. #7
    DIY Junior Member Doozy8's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    11

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DonL View Post
    Doozy8,

    Problems like this one are the reason that they make a pressure switch with a low pressure cut off.

    They can be a pain to restart, But can be worth the $5 dollar extra cost.

    Have a great Day.

    DonL
    Thanks Don! I appreciate that info. My original Square D pressure switch was a 40/60 and so is the new one. Is 40 the low pressure cut off? If not, can you please tell me the difference and give me the Square D model # so I can get that?

    When you say it's a pain to restart, how does it get restarted and what is such a pain about it?

    This was my first time today with this stuff, so I learned as I went and think I did a good job.

    Thank you again

  8. #8
    Jack of all trades DonL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    3,661

    Default

    The low cutoff is around 30 then it operates at 40/60.

    If the pressure drops below 30 then it shuts off, and you have to hold a lever on the side of it, until it gets above 30.

    If your system has a problem then you have to restart it manually using the lever.

    The Model is ; Square D FSG2J24M4CP Water Pump Pressure Switch with Low-Pressure Cutoff


    Have a good day.

    DonL
    Last edited by DonL; 05-31-2011 at 05:40 AM.
    Theory only works perfect in a vacuum.

    Cyber Security Protection for Windows C:\ > WWW.WinForce.Net

  9. #9
    Moderator valveman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Lubbock, Texas
    Posts
    4,173

    Default

    I don't think you have a low producing well so you don't need the low pressure cut off switch. Your problem is the nipple to the pressure switch is clogged. It won't let the pump come on when it should, and won't let the pump go off when it should. Which is why sometimes you don't have water in the house, and sometimes the pressure relief valve is blowing off. Even a brass nipple doesn't mean it won't clog up as in this picture.

  10. #10
    DIY Junior Member Doozy8's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    11

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by valveman View Post
    I don't think you have a low producing well so you don't need the low pressure cut off switch. Your problem is the nipple to the pressure switch is clogged. It won't let the pump come on when it should, and won't let the pump go off when it should. Which is why sometimes you don't have water in the house, and sometimes the pressure relief valve is blowing off. Even a brass nipple doesn't mean it won't clog up as in this picture.
    I had removed the nipple (riser pipe) and it wasn't clogged, but I replaced it anyway with a 4" rather than a 3" nipple. As for previously not having water in the house, it seems that the connectors on the old pressure switch were corroded and worn away. A simple tap of the switch would restore pressure immediately back to the house. When I was at HD picking up my materials, I did talk to a master plumber and he did mention cleaning out the nipple as well because it might be clogged. I figured I was replacing most of the parts, why not replace them all!
    I was a great learning experience for me. Thanks for everyones help!

  11. #11
    Jack of all trades DonL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    3,661

    Default

    Sounds like your switch contacts were pitted.

    When they get pitted then sometimes they weld together and cause the pump to keep running.

    You can look at your old switch contacts and see if they are bad.

    Sounds like you have your project under control.

    Enjoy your day.

    DonL
    Theory only works perfect in a vacuum.

    Cyber Security Protection for Windows C:\ > WWW.WinForce.Net

  12. #12
    Moderator valveman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Lubbock, Texas
    Posts
    4,173

    Default

    OK then! If the points on the pressure switch were bad, then you probably have a cycling problem. It is rare for the points to be corroded. They are usually burned away from cycling the pump on and off too much. That being said, burned points will usually keep the pump from coming on when you need it but, it is unusual for them to stick closed and keep the pump from going off and poping the pressure relief. But it is possible.

  13. #13
    Jack of all trades DonL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    3,661

    Default

    Yes valveman, I agree.

    But when the points get burnt from so many cycles , They become pitted.

    When the points come together , it produces a large spark, and works like a Spot Welder,
    Contacts get welded together.

    I have seen it many time, on many relays. And a pressure switch is nothing more than a DPST relay, just that it uses pressure rather than voltage as the actuator.

    Shit Happens.

    Have a great day.

    DonL
    Theory only works perfect in a vacuum.

    Cyber Security Protection for Windows C:\ > WWW.WinForce.Net

  14. #14
    General Engineering Contractor ballvalve's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    northfork, california
    Posts
    3,261

    Default

    Points can burn from over draw of power - a pump going out. Check the amp draw. Or the pump is too big for the switch [unlikely]

  15. #15
    Jack of all trades DonL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    3,661

    Default

    Most of them are rated for 2 HP, but not for outdoor use. Even tho many people use them outside.

    Even when in a well house or a basement, they do good to last very long, with all the humidity.

    And I agree ballvalve, even a bad start or run cap can burn the contacts, prematurely.


    A stuck motor start contact or bad cap, makes smoke happen. In the real world...


    Have a great evening.


    DonL
    Theory only works perfect in a vacuum.

    Cyber Security Protection for Windows C:\ > WWW.WinForce.Net

Similar Threads

  1. Release Valve leaking??
    By gtjr921 in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 03-14-2008, 10:23 AM
  2. Leaking Presure release valve
    By devans175 in forum HVAC Heating & Cooling
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 02-20-2008, 09:32 AM
  3. tank valve - momentary water release
    By lhoward145 in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 01-19-2008, 07:45 AM
  4. Hot water won't stop coming out.
    By AZ Contractor in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 10-02-2007, 08:18 PM
  5. Is this a pressure release valve?
    By craniac in forum Irrigation / Sprinkler Forum
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-12-2007, 08:08 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •