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    Attached are pictures of a well system I am inheriting with a house I am buying in Indianapolis, IN. It is the original system from when the house was built in 1956, bladderless tank and well pump (Duro 3.5 GPM). The well is thought to be not very deep. I know that I should go on city water but financially now it is not good for me to do. The switch on the pump does not work all the time. What upgrades do you suggest?Name:  IMG_4328.jpg
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    A new switch would probably run you around $20.

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    If thats original 1956, then you got a charm. Wait till it breaks and then replace it with parts that will last about 8 years today.

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    That is an old system! But if it works what the Hey! The Schrader (tire) valve on the is to ocassionally add air to the tank if it becomes water logged. To add air you will need to turn off the power to the pump. Then drain the tank down at the lower faucet on the bottom of the tank, while adding air to the top until you get air from the bottom tank faucet. Then close all faucets and turn the pump on. The pump will probably run a while while filling the tank. If the pump loses prime I suspect that the diaphram in the air volume control has a leak. Replace the AVC or just plug the small line that goes from the tank to the pump. When it works it's supposed to inject a little air in the tank each time the pump starts.
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    If you haven't bought the house yet you might want to check into the availability/legalities of the city water connection.
    Where I live, a house cannot be sold without being connected to the utilities that are available at the location.
    It is the seller's responsibility to have the connections made prior to sale.

    Another possibility would be to negotiate with the seller to pay for part or all of the connection costs. If the existing well has problems, it could cost you 10 grand or more for a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacher_chick View Post
    If you haven't bought the house yet you might want to check into the availability/legalities of the city water connection.
    Where I live, a house cannot be sold without being connected to the utilities that are available at the location.
    It is the seller's responsibility to have the connections made prior to sale.

    Another possibility would be to negotiate with the seller to pay for part or all of the connection costs. If the existing well has problems, it could cost you 10 grand or more for a new one.
    Not the case in Indianapolis, does not have to be hooked up to city water, just sewer. The seller is not paying the connection cost, they are not budging, to hook up to city water is about 5K here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pitterpat View Post
    Not the case in Indianapolis, does not have to be hooked up to city water, just sewer. The seller is not paying the connection cost, they are not budging, to hook up to city water is about 5K here.
    You probably have better water than Indy can provide, From the Lake.

    Here around Houston, They calculate the sewer FEE on water usage. How do they do it in Indy ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonL View Post
    You probably have better water than Indy can provide, From the Lake.

    Here around Houston, They calculate the sewer FEE on water usage. How do they do it in Indy ?
    What I found is that they estimate the type of waste and the volume and bill you. This is base on "analysis and volume of similar installations".
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