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About Bills water prob
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ret    Posted 01-27-2005 at 06:26:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know nothing about well systems, and I got one. He said he has no water. I was under the impression that the bladder in a tank acts as a cushion and lets you draw a small amount of water without having the pump run. Why would an empty bladder keep Bill from having any water if his pump was running? I think he said it did run. Sometime might have to face this problem. Where is my thinking going wrong?

Willy-N    Posted 01-27-2005 at 06:52:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Since water is non compressable you need the bladder or air chamber to allow the pump to build up a reserve to draw on. Being non compressable as soon as you open the spicket the pressure will drop to zero till the pump turns on and builds up a flow. As soon as you shut off the valve the pressure will jump up to what ever the pumps cut off is and stop with a hammer effect sometimes causeing the pump to cycle real fast till it evens out. The hammer effect will cause a pressure/vacume affect on the pumps pressure switch and chatter it off and on for a while. The air chamber is a shock absorver for the water allowing a slow cut off of the pump. You can bust a pipe with out it due to the shock action of the water hammering the pipes. If you were to just run the valve wide open the pump would just deliver the water at it rated flow. The problem happens when you only run a small amount of water much less than the pump puts out or shutting off the valve. Mark H.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 01-27-2005 at 06:52:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not a specialest, not knowing the well, type, equipment. I can only guess and offer four reasons: dry hole, plugged screen, hole in draw pipe, lost prime. Bladder tank problem is someting else the bladder assuring an compressable air cushion in the well water storage tank so the pump may rest..

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