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Water well problem
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rocky hacker    Posted 07-17-2004 at 19:49:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have a well that has been in the ground since the 1970s and it has not had any problems except it got struck by lightning once a few years back. Well that was til now. the problem i am having is that most times the water runs good and strong with good pressure and here recently it has started to act as if it were blowing out air instead of water .then it goes back to full water pressure for some time and then after awhile,sometimes a day sometimes a week it will do it again. My question is do you think it is possible for it to have a leak in the line to the bottom of the well or what .this would be a great help if someone could tell me as it really isn't right. thank you in advance of your help and may god bless you. by the way this is in houston texas if that matters at all !!!!

Salmoneye    Posted 07-18-2004 at 03:23:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Only way to be sure if it is a leak is to pressure test the system...

What is your static level, how deep is the well and how far off the bottom was the pump set...

It sounds like a leak in your line, but if that were the case it would come up to pressure, shut off, and then cycle again in a little while without any drawdown on the system...

If that well was really drilled/pounded/dug in 1970, it may very well have silted in or the feeder rills may have clogged with silt and your static level is way down there...Drawing it down to air may be just enough of a 'clearing' so that the rill reopen temorarily and let more water in and your 'problem' of sucking air goes away for a bit but then the rills fill with silt and stop running again...

No reall way to know unless you start with a pressure test and see what that shows...Also check your static level...If you have a 200 foot well and the level is at 180, then I think it is time to bit ethe bullet and have that hole 'fracked'...That is 'Hydro-Fractured' which will reopen your feeder rills...

Sorry about the length...

Burrhead    Posted 07-17-2004 at 20:47:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Couple of times I've experienced with the same symtoms was one time a hole in the line you described and one other time was a hole in the well casing.

I'm 50 miles east of Houston and our water will destroy a galvanized pipe in 10-12 years.

TB    Posted 07-17-2004 at 20:26:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dont Know much. what Kind if pump do you have?

Clod    Posted 07-17-2004 at 20:14:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Houston,,I dont know the answer.I am in the oil industry nearby..If it is a gas well you will get attention quickly..The experts are all gone to a big shindig,, i suspect one will drop by later with a solution to your problem..just stand is saturday so you can stay up late.

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