We have a water pressure issue in all fixtures of the house. We first replaced the whole-house water filter which helped right away, but the next morning there was almost no water (10 psi instead of the usual 30-35 psi). After making a few calls to local specialists, we tried one suggestion that seemed to help: turn off the well pump power for a few hours (more than 20 minutes seems to be required, but the shortest we've tried is 2 hours of leaving off the power). This gets us water pressure back to about 30 psi after about half an hour, but soon after it quickly drops again.
Any suggestions on what to do in this situation, or what might be happening, would be appreciated.
- We are the only house on the well, in the finger-lakes region of New York State. No new houses immediately near us.
- After turning the pump back on, the pressure will go up to 40-45 PSI in less than 5 minutes, and then start to drop (usually 30 PSI after half an hour or so) and down to 8 PSI overnight. However, it certainly drops faster with use. The main issue seems to be that it never seems to go back up, unless we turn off the power for a couple of hours and then back on.
- House was built in 1983 or 1984, we purchased 5 years ago.
- We have a submersible pump (at least I'm pretty sure). I've attached photos below of the system, as well as the well head, though I didn't open it up yet, so I'm guessing that photo is not very informative. And it has a snake on it for a bonus!
I'm not really sure what the box/unit in the lower left corner of the first two images is, though probably not relevant.
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- This is a new problem, though this is the first time we've had 4 people at home all the time, and during a drought.