Thanks to the good info here on this group I got the new jet pump in place
and running last Thursday. I never thought I'd enjoy a shower and 3 loads
of laundry so much.
The next day I went away for the weekend and upon returning yesterday
morning found there was no water pressure in the house and the pump would
not turn on. Figuring I'd screwed something up I called a plumbing service
to have a pro look at my train wreck.
This was a reminder of why I should hang out here and not call plumbers.
Thirty minutes and $150 after he arrived, the tech said that the pressure
switch on my well pump was bad (found out later this was not true) and that
his company does not do below-ground work on driven wells, so I had to call
a well person, and then he left. In order to reach a diagnosis, tech excused
himself to go out to the lawn and call tech support at his office to
describe the problem get an answer. Some pro...
The tech's diagnosis for my real problem is that the well isn't producing
enough flow to keep the column of water full under the check valve, which
causes the pump to lose its prime. This may be true. He said this is due to
one of two possibilities:
1. A screen or filter at the bottom of the well pipe may be clogged with
2. The water table right at that spot may have changed.
The water table argument doesn't pass the smell test. None of my neighbors
has a problem, we've had plenty of rain/snow and the previous owner of my
house didn't have a problem in the 45 years he lived here.
My current plan is to open the top of the well pipe (requires removing some
more 50-year old iron pipe sections, the hardest part of the job from a
brute strength/time POV) and then run a few lengths of narrow iron pipe to
the bottom and dislodge whatever might be blocking the well pipe. The well
is less than 25 feet deep. Then I'd reconnect new piping to the pump, with
some sort of filter or screen installed above-ground that I can service
easily in the future.
Does this make sense? What am I missing? Thanks.