Oops! Just got home and realized that I left a hose running all
weekend while I was gone. We have well water that uses a submersible
pump inline with a steel pressure tank (in basement). We have no
running water in the house. I drained the pressure tank and collected
~ 1 gallon of muddy water. I closed all the faucets (and shut off
valve to hose) and waited about an hour. The psi went up on the tank
but when I opened the drain valve only air came out.
I've since cut power to the system by flipping the breaker. Any
suggestions? Have I done longterm damage to the equipment, or does the
well just need to recharge? We just moved here and am still learning
about the house, I don't know (yet) how deep the well is, etc.
Thanks for your help,
good luck, look at the brite side you just cleaned the well by
completely emptying it, well drillers do that too.
can be tough on pump, did you get a home warranty when you moved in?
pumps do fail for all sorts of reasons
Other than the bit about air coming out of the tank, it sounds like
the pump may not be running. When you fire it up again, see if there
is a reset switch, a lever, or a button on the pressure switch you
have to hold in to get the system going again. Some set-ups have an
automatic shut off to keep the pump from being damaged in a 'dry'
In the basement.
Replace your pressure control with the FSG-2 M4.
It will completely shut down the pump should it run
dry again. This will protect your pump from burnout.
Looks like this:
(Just picked this URL because it has a good pic.)
The pressure control switch will be right at the steel pressure tank.
Sometimes when you engage it, you have to hold it on the "on" position
manually, until enough water pressure has developed from the pump to put it
into automatic operation.
It is entirely possible that the pump needs to run long enough to push the
air back though the supply pipe, before it can start pumping water again.
On my vacation house system (after it is off for a few months) this takes
a few minutes to accomplish. While it is blowing air out of the line, I
have to hold the pressure switch manually, until it starts pumping water.
It'll be right at the pressure tank whereever that may be. Look at
the pipe going into the tank, you should see a small (about 4" square)
box sitting on top of a 1/8" pipe that is tee'd off the inlet pipe.
It will have wires going into it probably inside conduit. Not all
systems have the automatic shut-off but it is worth a look.
the well ran dry -
I actually ran it dry. But it's since recharged and the pump's chimed
back in. We've gotta lot of muddy/water but are clearing out the
lines. Water was muddy then was clearing, and is now real muddy
again. I cut off the pump and think the well needs more time to
settle this sediment. Found its a deep well at 625' with pump about
1/2 way down, and with a inflow rate of 3gpm. We're in a pretty good
drought right now, so this may be a little slower yet.
We'll see how it runs again tomorrow PM. Don't want to run to much
sand/sediment thru my pump and pipes.
Thanks again for all the help, I was sweating buckets there for a bit
- but the system seems to be recovering.
If what you say is true, I find it odd that the pump is set 300'
above the bottom of the well. Most of that 300' is not
doing you any good. Typical around here is about 20' off the bottom.
Also seems odd to me that you have so much mud in a deep well.
Maybe the seal is not good?
I would suggest that you consult with a local well professional
about some of these things. They would know more about your
local geology/hydrology and well customs than any of us do.
At the minimum, I'd install the pump protection device earlier
recommended, also you may want to think about a water storage system -
a large atmospheric tank that takes water from the well, then uses a
pump to pressurize the water from it into the house. This sort of
system will provide more fluid at peak periods than the well pump you
My suspicion is that the well pump was installed on a poly style pipe
- the black rolled pipe that is typically used for underground water
lines. You can get 300' rolls at most supply houses, so that would
make sense. Otherwise, I can't see why it's not at the bottom of the
well. A 6" well will store about 1.5 gallons per foot of depth, so
assuming you have a decent static level at 50', you have approximately
375 gallons in reserve before the pump is dry.
The muddy water leads me to believe that the well was put into a rock
formation. Around here (NW Washington) when we drill rock wells, we
install pumps so that the withdrawing of water does effect the static
level. This keeps the water from moving up and down along the rocks,
which keeps the rocks from getting washed all the time, which keeps
silt & material out of the plumbing system. Hence, the need for
holding tanks & pressurizing circuits.
Anyway, 3 GPM is probably enough for a single person, but even a small
400 gallon holding tank with a jet pump would help. I'd also
encourage you to put a flow restrictor on the well pump.
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