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Shallow Well ?
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bidibird    Posted 01-25-2003 at 04:55:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a shallow well and we haven't had any problems with it untill now.We are getting a lot of sand in our water.Can anyone tell us what might be wrong?Of course the warrenty is out now.LOL Thanks

sHan    Posted 01-25-2003 at 07:00:33       [Reply]  [No Email]

If you have a hand dug well then it would/should have what they call a sand point witch is a screen on the point to keep out the sand/dirt if you have a plastic pipe running inside of anouther pipe going into the ground you can pull up the inner pipe and check the tip and see if its rusty WARRNING YOU WILL LOOSE THE PRIME on the pump and will have to re-prime it when you are done so keep 5 to 10 gallons of water saved before you pull the pipe...hope this helps some
here is a picture of the common sand point as they call it.....

Salmoneye    Posted 01-25-2003 at 05:36:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Seems as though just about everyone has a different definition of a 'shallow well', so if you could give us a bit more info, it would help us help you...

Tell us stuff like actual depth, where is the pump located in that depth, what type of well, as in is it drilled or is it what we call a 'shallow well' here and has corrugated steel or concrete 3-4 foot diameter tubes stacked on top of each other down into the hole...

I have a 'deep' drilled well at 620 feet and a 'shallow well' that is hand dug 25 feet or so and all lined with stone top to bottom...

A temporary solution to your problem amy be as easy as lifting the pump 2 more feet off the bottom of the well...But hard to say with the limited info you have provided...

Ron/PA    Posted 01-25-2003 at 05:34:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
When you say "shallow well" are you talking about a hand dug well, or a drilled/punched well?

InVermont    Posted 01-25-2003 at 05:33:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a shallow well (14 ft.) The water comes into the house via gravity (no pump). Last year when we had a drought here in the NE, I got air lock (an air bubble entered the 1" line) and had to borrow a pump to clear the line. When I did, blackish silt came out with the water. I don't know if you have a well casing or just a gravity line like mine, but maybe there is sand in your pipe. Because mine is a gravity system and there is nearly 1100 feet between the well and the house, the pipe probably has a low spot where the silt settles out. In forcing it with a centrifugal pump, some of that settled material came out with my water. Water is okay now, no silt.

Mudcat49    Posted 01-25-2003 at 05:16:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
If it is a big enough pipe(well casing) you can slide a smaller pipe inside it, use pvc. 2" will take a 1 1/4" casing.

Donna from Mo    Posted 01-25-2003 at 05:09:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our well is over 300 feet deep, but when we started getting sand, we had to drill a new well. The casing had deteriorated, and there was no way to put a new casing in there. It has happened to lots of people around here with old wells. We tried lots of tricks people suggested, trying to get rid of the sand, but finally gave it up and spent $4,000 on a new well.

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