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Need help with a well
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Dean    Posted 07-21-2001 at 19:12:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
My father and I just bought a business. Its water supply is a well. How do you prime the well. Today my father took the cap off of the valve on top and filled it with water and let it run about 5 minutes but he still did not get any water. He stopped because he was scared he would burn the pump up. This method was told to him by a guy he knows. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

IHank    Posted 07-22-2001 at 09:30:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dean- I got a gut hunch that your best bet is gonna be pull the pump and pipe, give it a good examination, and probably replace it. Good producing wells are often into a sand & gravel bed and the grit erodes pump parts and causes short pump life.

A good submersable pump and new pipe might be the most cost effective way of dealing with the headache.

Also, while doing it have the water tested for bacteria and general contamination. Water for your own consumption you can take your chances with. But, water for a business, with employees and customers using it, you simply can't afford to take a chance on.

Good luck, IHank

Bob (WI)    Posted 07-21-2001 at 20:11:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Is the pump a submersible pump or is the pump on a pressure tank? also is he priming on the pressure side of the pump? if you have a submersible pump it sounds to me like the pump might be bad or the water level is to low or if you have a tank mounted pump the check valve at the end of the draw pipe might be bad or the pump is bad. one more thing from the been there done that files, if it is a submersible pump are you sure the breaker or fuse is not blown?

Hogman    Posted 07-22-2001 at 08:19:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Also if it's submersable run it a few seconds and listen at the well head or better yet put an ear to the pipe. You may have a pipe so ate up with rust that all the water is lost befor coming to the surface.
I have a good 1/2 horse pump that was discarded as being worn out because of a leaking pipe.
Cheap way uv gettin a spare. Dumpster divin Hank???

IHank    Posted 07-22-2001 at 09:12:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hog Man- Good one! Nobody has a corner on dumpster diving... Keep up the good work. Grins, IHank

Nathan(GA)    Posted 07-21-2001 at 20:04:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not sure which cap he put water in. There should be a plug in the pump somewhere that lets water run down the pipe to the foot valve. Fill this one up and plug it. If the tank has an air valve on top and water inside, pump it up to about 40lbs or so. If it's going to pump it should do it within a few minutes.

Are you certain the foot valve is in the water? Level may have dropped. Foot valve could be bad. Pipe could have a leak. Is it plastic or galvanized pipe?

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