I have water coming into my basement through a black tube which
carries electric wires from the well pump and to the pressure tank.
It only leaks when it is raining ot snow is melting. Also, the cover
to the well is not very tight and air can be heard being sucked into
it. Will tightening the well cover possibly solve the leak problem?
On Mar 11, 10:37 am, email@example.com wrote:
I don't think so. That tube is a conduit which carries only the wire
and is not supposed to have any water in it. My guess is that the
conduit is broken and ground water is coming in, not well water.
I had a similar situation where some buried conduit became unburied
somehow. Apparently it wasn't buried well enough which is
embarrasing since I buried it myself. The pipe was broken where it
came out of the ground and full of water. I know this because when I
pulled the wire a lot of water came out with it.
The water apparently does not affect the performance of an intact
wire. Mine was the main supply for the house and it never affected my
service. Wire that is used is rated for underground service even if
it is in conduit. It is essentially waterproof.
In your case water is coming into the basement and that is the
problem. Fixing this is not a DIY in my opinion. That pipe enters
the well well below grade and may require some excavation and special
tools to service it.
Call a well drilling company. In my state, the company who drilled
the well will have their name and number on the well head. Call them
up or another company will also be able to help.
It was improper in the first place for well pump wiring to be installed in
non electrical PVC, although it's done fairly frequently. If you have an
above ground well head, that conduit should be visible coming out of the
ground and entering the head just below the sanitary cover. The water line
should be coming out of a pitless adapter, underground and below the frost
line. The only reason I can think of that would cause water to flow from the
electrical conduit when the pump is on would be both lines having leaks near
each other in the trench to the house. To stop the water, wait until the
pipe is dry and get a tube of 100 % silicone caulk and shoot the entire
tube in the open end of the conduit at the basement end
I don't think I would do that. What is coming out of that pipe has to
be surface/ground water. Plug that end and the water will go out the
other end and into the well. That water is most likely not safe to
drink. I am with the others, the conduit has broken or has a bad
joint letting water into it. It is remotey possible that the delivery
pipe from the well has a leak but...
When I say uphill, see the left hand drawing of the well set up here:
http://www.campbellmfg.com/products/wellsystem.htm The power conduit has
to come uphill out of the ground to enter the well head. In the picture you
can see the power and water conduits parallel in the trench, where both
could have leaks. It's also possible that ground pressure is pushing water
to the top of the well head and into the electric conduit
Okay. I see that I misread the OP. I got the impression that both
the water delivery pipe and the wire was in the same conduit and
somehow split at the well head. Yes, that picture is the standard way
of doing things.
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