Well pump! H E L P ! ! !

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  1. Help!

    My wife tells me last night theres no water pressure. I checked everything over and the only ting I think it can be is the pump. By now there's no water left in the holding tank or the hot water heater, and all of the toilets a full. I can't wait until Tuesday. I loath the thought of calling for the emergency 24 hour service. I built the place so how hard could it be to replace the well pump? I understand most of what is involved, but what I don't know is how the pump pipe is connected to the pipe that goes into the house. Hoping one of you guys can pint me in the right direction. Any suggestions would really be appreciated. Also, where can I get a pump on a Sunday....does Home Depot have them?

    Wanna kill these ads? We can help!
  2. Hey Ibthetrout pm me where your at. I get off work at 4pm I would be more then glad to help you replace it. I have done a couple of them with my dad.

    Is it sumbersible or not. That makes a big difference. I know Lowes carries a sumbersible one that costs around 350. I don't know if home depot carries them or not.

    You can run a garden hose from your nieghbors house to your tank and fill it up. That will last you at least through the day if you conserve the water.

  3. I am pretty sure it's submersible. Can anyone tell me how to disconnect the pump pipe from the house pipe? I think it's called a pitless adapter. Do I just pull up really hard or is there something that has to be done to disconnect the pitless adapter.
  4. This
    Waterlogged pressure tank?

    If you have a well and pump, chances are that you also have a water pressure tank somewhere nearby! The older type of tank, called a galvanized tank, will normally waterlog occasionally, and this requires your attention. NOTE: This section does NOT apply if you have a more modern diaphragm or bladder type pressure tank!
    Does your pump run in very short bursts, and turn on and off again frequently? Does the pump turn on every time you open a faucet, or do you notice pressure surges while the shower or a faucet is running? Does the pump run all the time, but your water pressure is low? These are all symptoms that could mean a waterlogged pressure tank. Want to try de-waterlogging yourself? Here's how to do it right!
    1. Turn off the power to the pump at the switch or breaker. Also if there is a valve between the pump and the tank, turn it off. If this valve is broken or leaking, now is an excellent time to change it; if the pressure gauge needs replacing, do that also, after step 2!
    2. Open a faucet close to the tank, preferably one that is as low to the ground as possible to facilitate draining.
    3. When the water slows to a trickle, find a way to introduce air into the tank. This may be done by taking out a fitting or plug in the side of the tank, preferably close to the center of the tank, or using a small air compressor to put air into a tire valve-style fitting on the side or bottom of the tank. Either way, the idea is to get most of the water out of the tank, and replace it with air. If your pump motor is in the well, you can empty the tank of water completely without problems. If you have a jet pump, where the motor is visible next to the wellhead, you should leave about 1/2 of the water in the tank, in order to keep some water for priming the pump. In fact, it is a good idea to fill several buckets with water before you turn the pump off, just in case! NOTE: Do not pressurize the tank with air instead of draining it - you can put too much air into the system, and cause some rather interesting problems and no end of frustration for yourself!!
    4. When you have sufficient air in the tank, turn off the air and faucet, and turn the pump back on. Open the valve between the pump and tank just enough to keep the pump running, but do not let the pressure drop below 20 lbs. until the tank is full.
    5. If you can't get it running right, call us (or your nearest pump professional)!! We'll gladly help you over the phone if possible, or give you a hand in person, if you are in the local area.
    solved a friend's problem a few years back
    #4 luv2havemoartime, May 27, 2007
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  5. Check the points on the pressure relay. I was at my place up north last weekend and same deal low pressure at first then no water. Checked it out and the points were corroaded(sp?) Cleaned them with some sandpaper and was good to go. Just make sure you kill the power first!
  6. pressure relay is good. Checked that last night. Fortunately for me electricity is one of my better talents. I made sure I had power on the output side going to the pump, so I know there's power to it. Thanks for the suggestion.

    If I can figure out how to disconnect the pitless adapter I should be good to go. Anyone know how? It is about 4-5 feet down in the well head.
  7. Pressure switch is the likely culprit, should be a little square box on the pressure tank (or next to it) small pipe to sense water pressure and the electric connection. The contacts go bad eventually, this is the first choice of a problem. The big box stores have them.
  8. I've never done it before. But it would appear that you just have to pull up on the pipe and it will disconnect from the pipe going to the house. You remove the pump and replace it. Then just drop the pump back into the casing and line up the adapter and it slides back together making a water tight connection.

    If I were closer I'd be willing to give you a hand. I'm always up for the chance to learn something new. ;)

  9. My neighbor knows a well guy who says the pitless adapter has to be unscrewed. The screw on it has a flat blade. He told me to get some black pipe and flatten it out and use that to unscrew it. Once I can get that loose I have the neighbor and his 2 brothers, all twice my size, to help pull it up. Off to the hardware store......stay tuned for updates.

    Thanks to all that replied with suggestions!
  10. Have fun, don't forget to kill the power to your pump prior to working on it. Water and electricity don't mix well.
  11. I have a bit of a well situation also....my pump runs all the time..you can watch the pressure guage go down and the pumps kicks on like every 20 seconds.....I have been shutting it off when I leave for the day, so its not so hard on my pump...I talked to the guy up at Lowes and he said it was probally my air bladder in my tank, he said to check it with a tire gauge, and I did he said it should be holding atleast 38 pounds of pressure, and it only had 20...pumped it up and it will not hold more then like 25 pounds....Do you guys think this is my problem? The reason I ask is that last fall when I went to Scotland stag hunting for 2 weeks...I shut it off and when I got back it wasn't doing it, it just started doing it again.....Thanks for any help......Mack
  12. I got it loose. 1/2" black pipe (6 feet) slightly flattened, but not too much, just so it fits down the inner pvc pipe. Loosened the screw on the pitless adapter. It's now loose and I just have to disconnect the wires (yes the power is off) and pull the pump. This is going to be an educational day!
  13. check the wire when you get the pump out some times the wire wears through from torque if the torque arrestor is wore out

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