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    Hi, I currently have a well that feeds a house and will be adding a freestanding garage that I would like to add water to. Can I simply add a tee fitting at the water pipe exiting the well? or is it more complicated than that. In the house it goes like this: line comes into house, then check valve, pressure switch, then pressure tank. BTW there is no way that I can tee off from inside the house, the only way that it will work for me is to tee off at the well.

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    Yes you can tee off the line coming from the well. You will need to remove the check valve inside the house, but that one should never have been installed to begin with.

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    Should there be a check valve at the well? before the tee? or are you saying that there sould not be a checkvalve in the whole system?

    Also should the tee be brass, stainless or plastic - does it matter? and is it ok to use stainless steel hose clamps (with the screw) or should it be something else.

    thanks!

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    There are two schools of thought WRT checkvalves. I think Cary and I are of the same opinion, that in most cases there should only be the checkvalve built into the top of the submersible pump.

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    If there were not a check valve on the pump, it wouldn't be working correctly now. You don't need another check anywhere else. What the tee is made out of doesn't matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLigetfa View Post
    ...in most cases there should only be the checkvalve built into the top of the submersible pump.
    I should have elaborated a bit on that. If the system has a galvanized tank and relies on a bleeder/snifter to put air into the tank, there needs to be a second checkvalve.

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    I am not sure, it is a newer tank, pump (5 years) put in before I bought the house. I did find 30-40 20' long galvinized pipes in the woods, I figure that was from the old system cause our well is drilled to 800' and I think in the 60's they wouldnt of had plastic pipe that could handle the pressure.

    How would I identify this "bleeder/snifter" setup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vtplumb View Post
    How would I identify this "bleeder/snifter" setup?
    The bleeder/snifter could be in the well and I doubt you want to pull 800 feet of pipe to see. Remove the checkvalve and it will be immediately obvious as it won't hold the pressure.

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    Is there just one pipe entering the tank? Or does the water go in one side and out the other side of the tank?

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    Just one pipe entering tank.

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    Then its a bladder tank, so you can remove the check valve and tie in the garage anywhere you can find a line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valveman View Post
    Then its a bladder tank...
    Ja, but it might not be the first time a galvanized tank with AVC was thoughtlessly replaced with a bladder tank. My neighbour replaced his with a bladder tank. The micronizer continued to entrain air but without an AVC, the air would eventually burp out of the tank and collect in the top of the iron filter. When the iron filter filled with air and would knock a glass out of his hand at the kitchen sink, he would do a manual backwash of the iron filter which of course would purge out the air.

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    Im confused. My local well company told me i could not Tee off before the pressure tank. They said the pressure tank controls the pump and it would never deliver to the new line unless the pressure tank needed to be recharged and activated the pump. Am i missing something? Thank you for your help.

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    Yep! Your missing a "local well company" that knows what they are talking about. It is sad, but very common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valveman View Post
    Yep! Your missing a "local well company" that knows what they are talking about. It is sad, but very common.
    No Doubt. Unfortunately, there are companies like that in our area also.

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