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    Default Submersible well issues, Q's for the experts....

    Hello all, i have been visiting this forum for a while and never posted, but now i have a problem that requires me to see what you experts think. I believe that i know the answer but i guess we will just see.
    My water pressure has been getting low for a few weeks in the house, but while i was away last weekend the sitter told me they experienced not only low pressure but also air pockets whenever the water is turned on after sitting for a bit. I went downstairs and had a look, the bladder tank has air and no water sloshing, good. I then pulled the cover to the relay and noticed the pump was on constantly and was only building pressure to about 30-32 tops, not enought to shut off. When i trip the relay off the pressure starts dropping to zero, slow and steady. My next step was to remove the well cap. I can hear the pump humming away. Next i went inside and shut the breaker off and ran back out to have another listen in the well. After a few moments i can hear water running clear as day. My thought is i have a break in the down pipe somewhere. Does that sound reasonable? I also thought check valve, but somehow air is getting into the pipe as it is coming out the faucets so i am leaning towards downpipe problems for this reason. I pretty sure i shouldn't hear a thing once the pump breaker is off.
    Also, where is the check valve located? Is it usually at the top or bottom of the well pipe? Thanks in advance!

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    You most likely have a hole in the downpipe. The checkvalve is built into the pump. There may or may not be additional checkvalves installed but they can cause more problems.

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    Thanks for your input and that was it. The down pipe had a small hole in it just above the pump. We replaced the entire pipe just to be safe. Amazing how a hole the size of a pen tip can cause so much leakage to keep the pump on constantly. My issue now is dirty water, which i'm thinking will clear up as the well settles...

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