I bought my house in 2006 which came with a well & pump. I need to fill a 7600 gallon swimming pool, I'd like to bypass my pump to save the pain and torture on it. I have a utility pump that I would like to use instead that pumps 1450 GPH. However, the pump on there now seems to be extremely old and immovable? It is down in my basement, located in a hole in my wall where the cistern is. It is about 4 feet back from the hole in the wall where there is a cinderblock foundation. It is electricity driven, with the motor sitting ontop of the well, and there is a rubber belt with a flywheel mounted on the side. I noticed when it is pumping water there is a hydraulic plunger that moves up and down as it pumps the water. There is a lot of rust on the pump and I cannot make out any brand or type it is, however I know it is red in color and about 2.5 - 3 ft tall. It seems as though the pump is sealed to the pipe coming out of the ground. I do know the well is about 397 ft. deep. I think the diameter of the pipe is 4", but i'm guessing. It is very difficult and hard to access the pump as it is so far back from the entrance of the cistern.
Is there a way to bypass this well pump? I tried just sucking the water out of the cistern but I drained it dry. I provided the information I know about the well down below.
Thanks for the help.
Type of pump?
Two wire (no control)________
Three wire (control box)______
Wire Size_________ Wire Length________
Jet Pump (above ground)_________
One or two pipes down the well____
Size of Pump?
Pump Model #______________unknown
Date Pump Installed__________unknown
Pond, lake, river________
Depth of well__________397 ft.
Depth to water_________
Drop Pipe Material
Well Recovery Rate___unknown____gpm
Well Casing Diameter_____4?__”
Rock Well__________ Sand Well__________ Other______________
Date Well Drilled____________
Well Casing Material
PVC________ Steel_________ Other_________
Bladder or diaphragm tank (one pipe to tank)__________bladder
Size or model of tank____________
Air charge in top of tank, with pump off and water drained____________PSI
(check with car tire gauge)
Plain Hydro Pneumatic tank (two pipes to tank, one in and one out)_________
Size of tank________________
Pressure Switch Setting?
On 30, off 50 ________
On 40, off 60_________
Pump Control Method?
Cycle Stop Valve model #_________
Variable speed control #__________
Pump Start Relay (sprinkler timer, no tank)__________
Manually turned on and off____________
Low pressure cutoff switch (lever on side)__________
Filters or Softeners______________
Before or after pressure tank_______
Type of filter___________________
Water Used For?
House Use____yes___ Number of baths___2____ Number of People_____2___
High Flow Showers_______gpm?
Irrigation with timers________
Irrigation with hoses________
Water only part time________
Water at all times but weak_____
Air in water_______________
Water Hammer (noise)______
Too Much pressure_________
Pump makes clicking or buzzing sounds________
Pressure gauge reading________psi
Do you have, and know how to use
an Ampmeter and Voltmeter_______no___________
There is no pain and torture to a submersible pump for filling a swimming pool. They are made to pump water, and actually like pumping water. It is starting and stopping that is pain and torture on a submersible pump. As long as you use enough hoses to fill the pool so the pump runs continually and doesn’t cycle on and off, you won’t hurt the pump.
The “utility” pump sounds like a pump jack which works like a windmill with a motor. They are hard to service, not very efficient, and are tortured and pain with every stroke. No reason why you can’t use it though. They were used for many years until the submersible gave us a better way.