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Water well systems
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Chuck in Ks.    Posted 10-03-2004 at 08:41:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a well to supply water to the house and ranch and we have lost all water pressure. The pump pumps water into the house at 50 psi, however from there on the water just runs extremely slow and keeps getting slower. I think the diaphram has gone out in the pressure tank, but would like to find a way to verify this before I replace it. The library is closed today so I am turning to you folks for help.
Can anyone help me check the pressure tank, explain how to check the rest of the system or give me a web site that explains water systems?
Thank you

FROM WHAT YOU SAY    Posted 10-03-2004 at 14:17:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
With good/normal flow in the House You have plugged up Piping downstream. To be possitive,check the pressure Tank as others have mentioned after which You should dig up the supply line downstream from the House and cut a section and look at it. Or, find a joint you can take apart, but I would bet Your lines are plugged with Rust or Calcium crap.
How Brittle is Your Water??? Do You have a softener for the House?

Ron/PA    Posted 10-03-2004 at 12:16:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chuck, that diaphram controlls how often the pump cycles. It doesn't affect your pressure to the degree you are describing.
Are you sure you are getting 50 lb. of pressure into the expansion tank? If you are getting that pressure and volume out of the well, you have another kind of problem within your system.

PS    Posted 10-03-2004 at 12:17:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I made the above comments assuming you are on a submersible pump.

glen sw wi    Posted 10-03-2004 at 11:17:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Drain the tank and put about 20 pounds of air pressure through the shrader(tire)valve. If it holds this pressure for an hour or so the diaphram isn't leaking. (be sure to shut off the pump. If the diaphram is gone you can pump up the entire tank to 2 pounds above the cut in pressure. This will allow you to use the tank like it had no diaphram. The way we used to do it in the old days. Mine has been working this way for over a year. If the pump starts to cut in too often I just repeat the process. Have to do it about every three months. Someday I'll work upu the ambition to replace the tank.

Lazy Al    Posted 10-03-2004 at 12:19:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some of those tanks has a guarantee on them for a period of five years maybe you could check yours out .
I had one start leaking so I called the well driller and he replaced it for a service call I only had a few months on the guarantee left
Does you pump start and pump up to pressure and shut off , then what happens ? Does cycle on and off Does the pressure drop off on it's own and start again ? Do you know if your pressure gage is right ? Can you hear water running with all the valves shut ?

glen sw wi    Posted 10-03-2004 at 15:54:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Al, I assume your question was ment for me. The water system works as it normally does. The diaphram is just a convenience to avoid having to put air into the tank at intervals. This is the way they did it in the OLD days before the diaphram and other air injections systems. The diaphram just keeps the air from entraining into the water and gradually reducing the air head on the water. Sure wish they could come out with a diaphram material that would last as long as the tank. It would be great if they would come out with a two part tank so you could just replace the diaphram,but then they wouldn't be able to sell the expensive tanks.

allan    Posted 10-03-2004 at 18:18:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Naw I screwed up a usual What I meant was you might have a warrenty on your tank and the questions were for Chuck as to what was happening with his problem
I use to blow mine down all the time too untill I got this tank with a diaphram in it .

Chuck in Ks.    Posted 10-04-2004 at 05:54:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for all of the answers. I empted out the pressure tank (air and water), re-pressurized the tank to 30 psi (posted on tank). I understand those tanks need re-pressurized once in a while.
I found the problem (line blocked) to be in the water softner. Hit bypass on softner and everything works great. Now I just have to figure out how to clear the blockage. The softner was in the house when I bought it, no paperwork.

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