Water Well problems

Discussion in 'Plumbing' started by Rocko, Jul 15, 2006.

  1. Rocko

    Rocko Guest

    I have a drilled water well with a jet pump , July 2 i woke up to no
    water, i checked the pump, it was running, checked the pump discharge,
    it had water there but no out put. I installed a new jet pump, We had
    water for about 1/2 hour, then nothing, checked pipes going down the
    well, they were full as was the pump, it turned but no output. I
    returned the pump to Lowes and got another jet pump , ejector and foot
    valve. Filled all pipes and pump again. Still no output. July 4th i
    pulled every thing out of the hole, Foot valve was setting at 175 ft.
    Water was 42 ft. from the top of the well. I again returned the pump. I
    bought a 1 hp submersible pump , new pipe and pressure switch. The pump
    was set at 200 ft. We had water instantly, but it was real red looking,
    After a few days, i pulled the pipe up and cut 23 ft. off and lowered
    it back down. a day or so later the water cleared up. July 13 I
    watered the garden in the evening, forgetting to shut it off till 4 AM.
    Yesterday July 14 while taking a shower, the water started pulsating,
    hot cold hot cold and turned a reddish tint again. Please any one have
    any ideas or info for me as to what is going on with this well ? I
    have checked the pressure tank pressure it is set to 38 psi, the pump
    kicks on at 40 psi.
     
    Rocko, Jul 15, 2006
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  2. Rocko

    Ned Flanders Guest

    has this well always worked before july 2 ?

    call a well driller he will prob be cheaper than a plumber but he will know
    how to check your well pump.


    "Bob Wheatley" <> wrote in message
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    > "Rocko" <> wrote in message
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    >>I have a drilled water well with a jet pump , July 2 i woke up to no
    >> water, i checked the pump, it was running, checked the pump discharge,
    >> it had water there but no out put. I installed a new jet pump, We had
    >> water for about 1/2 hour, then nothing, checked pipes going down the
    >> well, they were full as was the pump, it turned but no output. I
    >> returned the pump to Lowes and got another jet pump , ejector and foot
    >> valve. Filled all pipes and pump again. Still no output. July 4th i
    >> pulled every thing out of the hole, Foot valve was setting at 175 ft.
    >> Water was 42 ft. from the top of the well. I again returned the pump. I
    >> bought a 1 hp submersible pump , new pipe and pressure switch. The pump
    >> was set at 200 ft. We had water instantly, but it was real red looking,
    >> After a few days, i pulled the pipe up and cut 23 ft. off and lowered
    >> it back down. a day or so later the water cleared up. July 13 I
    >> watered the garden in the evening, forgetting to shut it off till 4 AM.
    >> Yesterday July 14 while taking a shower, the water started pulsating,
    >> hot cold hot cold and turned a reddish tint again. Please any one have
    >> any ideas or info for me as to what is going on with this well ? I
    >> have checked the pressure tank pressure it is set to 38 psi, the pump
    >> kicks on at 40 psi. >

    >
    >
    > You're not going to like this....
    > but it sounds like you may have to re-drill. If the well is collapsed or
    > the screen stopped up or damaged you will have the conditions you
    > described. With water at 42 feet and the well at over 200 feet that's a
    > reasonable water table (although it seems a bit low) but if the water is
    > having a hard time getting through the screen at the base of the well then
    > the pump simply pushes out that 150' +/- column of water and then there's
    > nothing to pump until it manages to refill. Which could take minutes, or
    > hours, or days.
    > By lowering it you may have found a point low enough that the well could
    > maintain but ending up with water that is coming through a collapse or a
    > damaged screen and not have enough time to settle before being pumped up.
    > Hence the discoloration.
    > I'd get a well man out and get a trained set of eyes on it. It could be
    > something else but to a plumber who has dealt with wells and septic
    > systems for 30 years, it doesn't good.
    >
    > Good luck.
    >
    >
    > Bob Wheatley
    >
    >
     
    Ned Flanders, Jul 16, 2006
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