Re: Well Running
Posted by Gary Slusser on February 28, 2004 at 12:04:57:
In response to Re: Well Running
: : : : : I have a well in the house that has recently begun running almost non stop. Most days it kicks in and runs for about 5-6 seconds and then kicks off for about 5-6; it does this 24 hours a day. At one point it was kicking on every 3 seconds and running for 5. My water pressure has not changed. Where to start?

: : : : I would be looking for a leak. Do you have a jet pump or a submersible? We need more information. This constant on off is really hard on your pump.
: : : : Deb
: : : : The Pipewench

: : : Thanks Deb, it is a jet pump. Right now the gauge reads 30 but when a tire gauge was put to it it read no pressure...

: : Where is the gauge that reads 30 and where did you put the tire gauge that you got no reading?
: : Deb
: : The Pipewench

: The gauge is on the pump itself and the air valve is where we got the zero reading. We took apart the air volume control and secured it. Based on some other comments we read with other problems, we decided to drain the tank and try to get the pressure set. We did this once and then tried to prime it to restart and lost all our pressure! We have now primed it and are adding pressure...are we on the right track at all do you think?

If you are getting water into the tank, yes. But without knowing what to do, you're probably not going to get it right. And.... you ave a leak somewhere or you'r pump wouldn't have kept going on and off. If you don't have water now, you have to fix the leak betwen the foot valve on the bottom of the plumbing going down the well and the pump before you'll be able to prime the pump. Without the prime, no water. If you have water, shut off the water to the house and watch the pressure gaug. If if falls, the leak is on the well side of the pump/tank. If not, but the pressure falls with tha tvalve open, the leak is on the house side; like a toilet tank overflow tube, or more likely, a toilet flapper valve leaking water into the bowl.

Gary
Quality Water Associates


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