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well working without pump?

I recently bought a new house, and it has some out buildings with some hose bibs coming out of the ground. There are no city water lines in this area so it must be from some well. I've looked around a ...
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Can you provide me with advice for choosing appropriate materials for rebuilding the roof over my dug well?

My water supply is an 18' dug well with 24" inside diameter. The top of the well casing is below grade and within a 4' x 8' block foundation, about 3'6" deep. The well, pump and pressure ...
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Hoses stuck in residential well

My wife and I moved into a new house last year, and we have a well that hasn't been used in >15 years. I'd like to either a) cap it and forget about it, or b) put it into service, but right now I ...
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Heated shed w/ insulation: vapor barrier on inside?

I'm building a shed in Arlington, western Washington state. The shed will contain some infrastructure for a well: a controller, some valves, and a small pressure tank. I want to ensure the well stuff ...
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Why does my well pump pressure suddenly drop?

I have a 1 1/2 HP submersible pump that I am having a problem with. The New pressure switch points will close at times and the pressure will start to pump and suddenly drop to 0-20 PSI and the pump ...
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Contactor wiring for cistern well with two floats

I have a cistern well with a float switch to protect pump from low water. There is also a float switch at storage tank that turns on when water is needed to fill tank. I am in a very remote area and ...
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Is my well pump filled with sediment?

Recently our well pump has been very loud. The duration and frequency of the pump activity hasn't increased but it is noticeably louder. Upon inspection I noticed that the lines feeding to and from ...
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Why is there intermittent air in my shallow well house water?

In the last few months I starting having air coming into the faucets of the house and low pressure. Through process of elimination I determined it was the water softener. I did a manual flush and ...
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Tank pressure drops as water spigot runs, then pump shuts off

I have a well with a water hose spigot mounted between the well and pressure tank. When I run the hose the pressure drops and the pump comes on correctly. But, the pressure in the tank never builds ...
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Submersible well pump overheated--determining cause?

Does anyone know what would be the most likely cause of a well pump overheating? Something happened with mine, causing it to run continuously, and now it's melted to the PVC casing down there, and can'...
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Pump takes a long time to kick in

I am having an issue that only happens on occasion. I haven’t been able to reproduce it at will yet. However, when it happens I get into a scenario where my pressure gauge will read 10 psi or so and ...
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Why is my water pressure low after new system installed?

Well pump, bladder tank, and pressure switch all installed in the summer. Switch is set to 30/50 but keeps falling to low20s/50 psi. The bladder tank is not leaking, 28psi when emptied. Also ...
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Why is my 30/50 well presure switch not kicking on until 22psi?

We had a new well pump bladder tank and pressure switch installed in July to August. The water pressure switch is kicking on at about 22psi instead of 28psi, the off is still 50psi. Emptied the tank ...
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I have sediment in my water and toilet - will replacing my well water filter help?

See question. We just moved in and I'm worried the filter hasn't been replaced in a while. Will replacing the filter help with sediment removal? Also, any tips on how to look up what filter to buy? ...
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Plumbing/water main shut off

I live in a mobile home community with its own well system and it has had nothing but problems resulting in the main water being shut off for repairs extremely frequently without notice. I can always ...
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How to Remove Sprinkler Stains from Vinyl Siding

I have a sandpoint well that is used by my sprinkler system. I've noticed that the sprinklers leave a white residue on my siding that I have not been able to get off. I did some research online and ...
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How to check strength of building foundation to avoid any build tilt

I've been recently reading news that buildings are tilting due to torrential rain as the foundation gets weakened and those buildings are ordered to be demolished as well. Some cases which lead to ...
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How far should cement ring well be from building wall

I have a Residential building(India) which has no space in both front and back yard. It's a newly built two storey building( 3 houses ). There is 5 feet space available parallel to building wall. As ...
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Brittle material flaking off in toilet

just moved into my first rural property which is on well and septic. Today I noticed that the upstairs toilet had a weird flat object lying in the bowl that seemed to have come loose from flushing. I ...
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Putting a submersible well pump on top of another well pump

So, my situation is, my submersible well pump is dead. My well is about 100' deep and it is 4" wide and the casing is steel. The professionals I've hired to remove and replace the pump have given ...
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House piping descaling sedimentation elimination procedure?

What's the best approach to descaling or de-flaking or cleaning or reducing the amount of, what I think is, mostly iron scale on the inside of the house's piping? I know I have ferrous and ferric iron ...
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Will one 3/4" fitting cause any flow or pressure issues in a 1" line?

Well water with a pressure tank, the outlet is 1 1/4 but has a short reducing piece that is 3/4". The 3/4 line is about 2 inches long and then goes into a 1" line to the water filter system. ...
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Looking for advice / critique on my residential well water filtration system

I'm looking for some feedback on my planned well water filtration system. I tried to be as detailed as possible without writing a wall of text. Any feedback is highly appreciated! House: 4 bedroom / ...
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Sizing sprinkler zones for water well pump

I live in central Oklahoma and we bought a 40 year old house which depends on well water. In 2017 the pump was serviced and a new pressure tank, pump controller, and pressure switch were installed. In ...
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Why do people have outdoor pump houses for their well?

Why do people build outdoor pump houses for their well? I have read it is to help prevent the components from freezing but by putting them outside all they do is freeze. Every winter they freeze and ...
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Supporting a bad well from a good one

I own two vacation houses on adjacent lots in Wisconsin, about 150 feet apart. Each has their own water well. The well at the first house is in bad shape; I think I need a new sand point or possibly ...
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Should I install two 44 gallon well tanks or one 88 gallon?

I have a 44 gal Water Worker well tank that is waterlogged and needs to be replaced, and I was looking to increase the volume of pressurized water (the current size isn't cutting when I do any kind ...
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Well kicks off after just one cycle

My well will pressure up to 50lbs and turn off when not in use. When I turn on a water line it will cycle once or maybe twice in between 30-50 like it's supposed to. At some point after it moves past ...
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Does shale rock call for a larger well diameter?

I recently bought a house in the western most Finger lakes, in between Hemlock, Honeoye and Canadice lakes. The house needs a new well. I've gotten one quote so far -- $10,000 for the well and all the ...
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Why is the recommended pressure for a bladder tank 2 psi less that well pump activation pressure

If I want the well pump to start less frequently, why should NOT the pressure of the bladder tank be GREATER than the well pressure start setting. I have a 30-50 well pump pressure switch which kicks ...
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well pressure switch in barn, pressure tank in house

My well control setup is in the unheated barn. I tried to keep the pump room heated for a few years but am tired of replacing pressure tanks that freeze up over the winter due to electricity being ...
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well pressure tank / external spigot

I have an outdoor spigot (like the old red "pump handle" kind) in my back yard. It's down the hill from the well and pump, and in between the house / indoor pressure tank and the well head. ...
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Well - Water - Plumbing, Setup advice

We have a well system in our home, which is multi-story (basement and 2 floors), and I am looking to optimize the setup of the system to make it more efficient. As you can tell from the photo whoever ...
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Pressure Tank Size for a Variable Speed Submersible Pump

Information seems vague or non-existent from pump manufacturers. I need to know what size pressure tank is required for my setup, and all I'm getting is "doesn't need much" or "x ...
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What do I do with this pipe/well that is flooding the front yard?

I recently moved into my house and found this in the front yard which was disguised as a birdbath. After winter, I took a step near the "birdbath" only for my foot to sink 8 inches in the ...
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Found Well in Backyard -- How to install pump?

In my backyard there is this well, I think, that has water in it. As you can see, there is a well casing and then a pipe in between. I have no idea how to install a pump and such, and am not sure ...
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Can I put my pressure tank over 200’ from the well head?

I want to winterize my system which means me moving the pressure tank 200’ to a heated structure. Will this cause any problems I should be aware or plan for?
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Chemical Injection Valve for Static Inline Mix Chamber

I have well water. The water is acidic and needs Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) solution added to adjust the pH. The system has a Pulsa Feeder static inline mixing chamber, part no STM100-PVC. The NaOH is ...
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Why does one pressure tank on my well only pressurize partly?

I have three homes on my well pump. Each home has its own bladder type well tank. One is a 20 gallon, one is a 24 gallon, and one is a 62 gallon. The well pump cut in/cut out is 30/40. I set the air ...
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Replacing old well tank that is leaking

I have taken on the task of replacing a well tank for my grandmother. Well I didn’t realize there was this much to the well tanks. I believe she has a air-over water tank. It has an inlet about middle ...
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Well water pressure changing rapidly

I’m hoping someone could help us. We noticed an issue with our water pressure, it seems to fluctuate every 20 seconds or so. We are still able to use our water but it’s become a lot more noticeable. I ...
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Sizing a Well Pressure Tank - Size Change

Recently went downstairs to find a floor full of water near my HW Heater, softener and well pressure tank. Checked all 3 units and found multiple pinholes in the side of the pressure tank. Time for ...
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Submersible well pump runs but won't pump

Pulled my submersible well pump to check for shorts in the wires. Everything looked good. Turned on power and the pump started running. Lowered pump back in the well and it won't pump water. I don't ...
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Using reverse osmosis (RO) to reduce arsenic in well water?

I have a well with 1.9 ug/L total arsenic (As). Yes this is below the EPA action level of 10 ug/L. However, most states do have warnings indicating that longer term consumption of As below that level ...
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How would you build a well cover for a dug well?

The well is about 3 foot square, made out of cinder blocks. The blocks stick up out of the ground about 1 foot. I want something simple and light to keep rain, dirt, animals out. The well is in heavy ...
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how can i attach a t-post to my well casing to allow an outlet to be mounted?

There is no ability to drive the post into the ground as there are close gas, water and power lines. Hose clamps don't seem to be strong enough, nor wire ties. I could consider a 'doghouse' right on ...
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Is it ok to lower grade around a well head instead of raising it?

I recently learned that well heads should be about a foot or more about ground; ours is only about 3-4" above ground. The well drillers said we really should have it raised and have a better cap ...
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Can i reuse a water string filter with a backflush and vinegar flush

Water here is very hard. String filter is caked up after 3 weeks. Thinking backflush and wash with vinegar, reuse one time. The new filters are 4.5 inch and at replacing every 3 weeks, thats going ...
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Water filter setup - 1 1/4 inch pipe to 3/4

My house runs on well water and the main pipe that leaves the pressure tank is 1-1/4" copper. I am looking at installing a spin down filter and regular water filter for the whole house. My ...
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Grounding and neutral in a well pump shed

I am working on a pre existing pump shed. The shed is 150 feet from the main panel. For some reason the neutral has dropped. It is probably damaged. The pump still works because it doesn't require a ...
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