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Well Pump loosing pressure
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Valerie Knopfel    Posted 07-09-2003 at 05:40:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does anyone know what might cause a well pump to keep loosing pressure? The pump will loose pressure and kick on when no water is in use in the house. I have checked every faucet and toilet and there is no water leaking in any of those places. I drained the holding tank and adjusted the pressure, but still the same thing is happening. Any suggestions?

Valerie Knopfel    Posted 07-10-2003 at 19:51:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
For those inquiring minds- I finally tracked it down, I have a sprinkler system that also uses this pump and apparently the sprinkler valve was leaking. This caused the pump to keep coming on, the pump heated up and also caused a very small leak in the piping in the back of the pump.
$80 later, sprinkler valve replaced and leak at back of pump repaired!
Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

Hal/WA    Posted 07-10-2003 at 19:27:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
You did not mention what kind of pump you have. It sounds like water might be leaking back into the well past a leaking check valve if your pump is a submersible or a leaking foot valve if it is a jet pump. Or if you are really unlucky, you might have a leaky pipe joint or split (unlikely) or rust holes in the pipe. There should be a valve in your pump house that cuts off all water flow away from the piping from the well and pressure tank. If you close that valve and the system still cycles, you have a leak.

Fixing it probably involves pulling the pump. Depending on how deep your pump or jet is, and whether you have iron pipe or plastic, that might be a job you could do or it might be one for a professional. If it is a leaking internal check valve on a submersible pump, an additional external check valve can be added to the piping just above the pump. Or if it is a leaking foot valve on the jet, it is easy to replace. Either of these problems has quite low parts cost, but labor could be a bunch. If you have iron piping that needs to be replaced, that can get expensive fast. I really like the special flexible plastic well pipe for ease of handling and corrosion resistance, but it has limits as to how deep it can be used. If you have to replace the pipe, I would suggest discussing using plastic for the replacement with your pump and well professional.

Hope this works out OK for you. I would suggest checking it out ASAP, as it isn't good for a pump to cycle over and over.

countrygurl    Posted 07-09-2003 at 08:41:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i am lasy, i didnt read all the other post to see if they have the same answer as me, but here it goes, we had a well put in recently had the same problem they came out and said it water bog.
they disconnect powere and drained holdoing tank
mine has a nut on the back side and they open the valves.once drained closed every thing and reconnected power and no problem

Clod    Posted 07-09-2003 at 10:58:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
WATERBOG.. OK ,,You guys read that? I think this means there was water where air was sapposed to be.I am marking that one down.

Jimbob    Posted 07-09-2003 at 08:18:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Leaky foot-valve can cause this.

DeadCarp    Posted 07-09-2003 at 08:16:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
If your luck runs like mine does, there's only one question to answer: "What did i work on last?"
Before tearing anything else apart, make darn sure everything's hooked up again and the last repair is doing what it should. You can find leaks easy with an old paintbrush and soapy water. :)

Annie in KY    Posted 07-09-2003 at 07:45:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'll throw in a couple of suggestions from what we went through with ours.....before the onset of other problems..(one being a bad footvalve, which made us lose our prime all together) initially our pump would run longer than normal after use and wouldn't shut off..It ended up being the pressure switch was going bad...I think it cost $11 and it was an easy place to start instead of hauling all those lines out of the well. Which we did first to replace the footvalve. So, I'd say check your pressure line for leaks and look into replacing the pressure switch. Good Luck!

Lazy Al    Posted 07-09-2003 at 06:22:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are any of your pipes sweating like there is cold water running thru them maybe going to the barn or something ? That would be a sign of that
pipe leaking . Some systems have the check valve
right before the tank It usually is a brass fitting in the line that might be your problem .

Red Dave    Posted 07-09-2003 at 05:59:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is a check valve at the bottom of the well, called a foot valve, that holds system pressure in the well piping.
From your description of the problem, it sounds like you may have a leaking foot valve.

Clod    Posted 07-09-2003 at 05:46:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Im not sure,I think you have a leak,, or a check valve bad,I like to guess first..There will be one or two here who knows exactly if you watch this spot awhile.

Clod    Posted 07-09-2003 at 06:50:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Next time any of you install a well,Look for brass ball valves.Put one at the water exit at the tank.This way you can shut off all lines at once .This is a good idea for several reasons.Like the person above trying to find a leak.

rhouston    Posted 07-09-2003 at 08:26:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I thought that was standard practice. I don't get out much but every well I've ever looked at had valves on either side of the tank. If no tank than atleast where the water pipe enters the house.

Clod    Posted 07-09-2003 at 06:56:18       [Reply]  [No Email]

Like this

Clod    Posted 07-09-2003 at 08:35:00       [Reply]  [No Email]

Then on the tank side of that ball valve put a tee and reducer to install a 0-60 PSI guage if you dont have a guage on the tank.Guessing what is going on is not the best way of knowing.

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