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How to prime a well pump
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Cherry Morgan    Posted 08-30-2004 at 19:06:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We just bought our first house with a well. We've only lived in it a month and it is a new house just built. The water has been fine until today when it went to down to trickle and stopped. We've been told by an electrician that the pump probably needs to primed. If anyone has any information on how to prime a well pump, I'd appreciate it. I'm trying to tell if it is something we can do ourselves or if we're going to have to hire someone to do it.


ESTELLE    Posted 08-31-2007 at 18:36:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]

kim kuehne    Posted 07-20-2008 at 09:00:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
check the filters??

David T. Kenner    Posted 10-18-2007 at 12:00:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a board Well! Can you help me?
Please respond!

Willy-N    Posted 08-30-2004 at 20:14:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Take a look at the Judy NC post on page two. There are several comments and a link to a site about priming a well pump. Mark H.

toolman    Posted 08-30-2004 at 20:23:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
i wonder how judy made out , im at a loss , can,t figure that one out.

Mark    Posted 12-14-2008 at 09:57:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
All I wanted to know is how to prime the well!!!!
This site tells you nothing!!!!!!

Judy in NC    Posted 08-30-2004 at 20:52:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The storms passing over NC kept me away today - pouring rain all day.

Hopefully tomorrow, but I don't have much confidence. It seems it has to be something to do with that ejector, but it doesn't appear to be clogged in any way.

Judy in NC

Lazy Al    Posted 08-31-2004 at 03:34:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Judy: Why don't you sit that pump on a chair and run a pipe into a tub of water then try it that way and see if it will pump water from there .

toolman    Posted 08-30-2004 at 20:58:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
has anybody done anything to the wiring around the pump or the pump house since it worked last time.

Judy in NC    Posted 08-30-2004 at 21:24:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
No. I keep going over in my mind for any possible reasons for all this.

As you and Mark mentioned, these systems are pretty simple in the way they are designed to work.

There seems to HAVE to be a problem with that ejector - it won't do ANYTHING out of the single outlet side going to the pipe in the casing.

Judy in NC

Kay Hewings    Posted 08-28-2007 at 09:48:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
our pump lost it's prime when we was turning sprinklers of and on. So please we need help on how to prime our 1 year old pump. Thanks Kay

pete's dream    Posted 08-30-2004 at 23:29:36       [Reply]  [No Email]

out of single inlet side? The single inlet side draws water from the well. the smaller double inlet side has water coming FROM the pump. The larger double inlet side has water going back to pump. All these pipes must be connected air tight and fully primed for the pump to start moving water. Please forgive me if I am out of line but I get the impression that you may be testing with some pipes disconnected.

Judy in NC    Posted 08-31-2004 at 06:01:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You are not out of line at all. I am interested in any advice or thoughts that knowledgable folk have.

Yes, in my desperation, I have at one point briefly tested with the ejector removed from the well head. Top hole drew air, bottom hole expelled air (just as it should respectively with water). I attached the ejector and tested again. There was absolutely NO movement of air out the side of the ejector that attaches to the pipe going down the well. That would seem to say the ejector is clogged, but there is no visual trouble that I can see, and water pours right through.

I am just about at my wits end, but can't get a well repairman to come out since this is not my soul source of water (they are too busy with customers who HAVE to have their water supply from their well).

I am preparing to go out right now and go over the ejector and impeller "one more time" for anything out of the ordinary (though I am at a disadvantage, since I don't know exactly what is the ordinary) :-)

Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

Judy in NC

toolman    Posted 08-30-2004 at 21:31:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
i keep mulling it over in my head too , just can,t seem to figure whats wrong.

Len....NY    Posted 08-30-2004 at 20:04:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Cherry,You Stated it's a new home.Might be a good idea to ask your contractor to get you copies of maint. info for all your household equipt. In the meantime on page 2 of this forum ,Willy N. posted excellent info. that may help you.

Johnny Ringo    Posted 09-07-2008 at 12:07:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]

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