Cost of water hookup vs. well repair
Hello all. My wife and I find ourselves in a position of having to
have our well repaired, and it sounds like it's more or less an entire
well system replacement because the system currently uses galvanized
pipes, and the webb head is buried underground at the moment. So,
after digging it up, replacing everything from the well casing itself,
pump, pipes to the house and the pipes and expansion tank, we're
talking in the $7k-$8k range by all estimates.
My question is this... would it be cheaper to just get hooked up to
municipal water instead? Forgetting the monthly water costs, I'm
wondering if that might not be a better idea in the end. I'm of
course going to contact the town and get a real estimate, but before
that I was hoping people with similar experience could ballpark it for
I know it will differ by area, and we're in Pennsylvania in the
Pottstown area if anyone is in the area, but even if it's an estimate
from somewhere else in the state or even a surrounding state, my
suspicion is that it won't be too far off.
My other option, and it's frankly looking more and more likely, is for
me to do much of the work and just leave the pipes and well casing in
place, but that may or may not solve the underlying problem, which is
a clunking sound when the pump turns on, after a couple of seconds
delay. We've been told it's either a whole in the line somewhere
letting air in, or a sticking check valve, and in either case the pump
has been down there for 20 years as near as I can tell (the house'
previous owner past away, so there's no real records or person to
consult, the company that did the well we haven't been able to locate,
but from anecdotal evidence from neighbors, 20 years seems about
right, possilby longer, so the pump's lifetime is probably nearing
it's end anyway).
Thanks in advance all!