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Well pressure question
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Bkeepr    Posted 07-11-2004 at 03:48:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
In the past 2-3 weeks, suddenly it seems like I don't have enough pressure in my well water system. If I run a tap, especially on the first floor, then there's very little water pressure in the second floor bathroom.

I checked the pressure gage on the tank, and it is always about where it normally was since we've moved in. I'm guessing, but don't know for sure, that this is something to do with the pre-charge? I think the pressure tank is about 10 years old, maybe a little less.

Any advice?

Tom A

Salmoneye    Posted 07-11-2004 at 04:19:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would try adding a couple pounds to the bladder and see what happens...

mike    Posted 07-11-2004 at 04:31:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
not all well pressure tanks have bladders. My tank needs to be bled off 3-4 times a year or whenever you the pump cycling more often than usual

Salmoneye    Posted 07-11-2004 at 06:05:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
How old is the system?

Most newer stuff (like Toms' within the last 10 years) have a bladder in the tank...Sometimes the valve stem will leak air over time and by 'recharging' the bladder a bit, will restore the system to 'normal'...

I have not seem a tank that needed to be 'bled off' that is less than 15-20 years old...That is what we used to call 'air-bound'...What I think Tom is looking at is 'water-logged'...Either not enough air in the baldder or worse, a bladder that leaks and has water in it...

But then I am not a plumber and don't even play one on TV, so I am probably talking out my wazoo...

Ron/PA    Posted 07-11-2004 at 06:47:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well Dr. Welby, yer wazzoo sounds pretty smart.(GRIN)
Tom here are a couple of quick tests that might help you. First check the schrader valve and see what comes out of it when you poke it, Any Water? Probably a blown bladder. Next, when you are running alot of water, like a bath or doing dishes, feel the top and bottom of the tank, do they both feel the same temp.? If so probably a blown bladder. That bladder is usually on the top of the tank, and will usually feel warmer than the water end, when you are putting alot of water through it. Add just a bit of air, and see if you hear bubbles, if you do, probably a bad bladder. You didn't say if this is a shallow jet pump or a submersible pump, either one could be suseptable to in well leaks and prevent it from producing enough head pressure, but it doesn't sound like that's your problem since you don't speak of not being able to reach shut off pressure. On a jet pump, a restricted foot valve will sometimes impede the flow of water enough to limit, volume to 2 uses at once and still produce enough pressure to satisfy the system with limited demand.
Good luck

Thanks, guys    Posted 07-11-2004 at 09:07:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
For all the good advice...I'll start testing now and hopefully figure out that it's something cheap (like a couple of pounds needed in the bladder!).

Have a good weekend,
Tom A

Les    Posted 07-11-2004 at 04:10:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, Tom, how's things going? (Other than your water pressure problem!)
That tank would be my first suspicion. Waterlogged? At 10 years of age, it's probably time. :(

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