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Is a high electric bill for a pump house caused by a well pump running constantly?

I recently had to turn on the electric for a shared well in my name. I got a bill and it's as high as what my house bill is. The well is the only thing connected to the electric in the well house. We ...
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Small geyser coming out of the basement floor

My house is 40 years old. I have had basement flooding issues for years. With heavy rain, water comes out of my floors. I have a sump pump that takes care of it. Despite knowing better, Ive been able ...
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Choosing the right replacement pump for well

I have a 40 foot deep 6 inch drilled well. Currently it has an old 3/4 horsepower jet pump, but it is shedding bits of rusty metal into the return pipe which are getting clogged in the foot valve. ...
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How can I find a leak in underground plumbing?

We moved into a home a couple years ago that was 1600 sq ft from a 3700 sq ft home. We were shocked that the power bill here was about 30% more than the big house but I suspected a water leak ...
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Can I operate a well pump with no pressure tank by using the breaker as a switch?

Working on my cabin. Have a drilled well about 100 feet away (maybe a bit more, uphill). 1 inch black PVC well pipe comes into dirt crawl space, pier construction, under cabin. I brought it ...
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Well pump issues for irrigation system

I bought a house a few years ago and am finally getting around to working on the irrigation system. I have what I believe are two separate wells for outside water - one for the irrigation system and ...
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How can I tap an unused well for outdoor watering?

I own the lot next to our house. We had a well drilled, thinking we would build there. Plans changed and now it just sits. The plan now is to plant about 100 trees. Is there a way to tap that well for ...
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Is my well pump serviceable after overheating and starting to leak?

A 'handy man' did work on my plumbing and shut off the main water to the house. He did not unplug the well pump, and it got really hot to the touch. When we hooked everything back up again, the pump ...
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Can I get rid of my sump pump?

My job moved me cross country and we bought a house (3 yrs old) that sits on a hill. It has a walk-out basement and the hill slopes away from there, yet the house was built with basement drainage ...
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How to turn off water to replace main shutoff on private well

My mother is on well water. Her main shutoff vale is quite old and nearly impossible to turn. I'd be comfortable replacing it (probably soldering a new one, or for sure a compression fitting) but don'...
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What could cause faucets to spit and sputter only in the fall/winter?

Except in summer, faucets sputter and spit. What could be letting air into the system? In this case the setup is in the Northeast USA, New York State, with a pressure bladder tank, and shallow well. ...
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What would cause a well pump to suddenly be louder when operating?

We currently have an unknown (in terms of GPM) 3/4HP Franklin well pump, at an unknown depth (though our neighbor's well is at roughly 100'). Since we moved in, when the well pump is running, there ...
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Digging a well, hitting a rock

I am digging a well with a hand-powered auger. I am 20 feet down and I am hitting a rock. How can I break up this rock so I can continue digging?
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how can I reduce manganese, hardness, radon, and prescence of coliforms in well water?

I'm purchasing a home in NH and just received my comprehensive water test from the inspector. Here are the marks I'm most alarmed at. Hardness 264 (want it under 75) Manganese: .51 (want it under .05)...
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Water pressure low after hose was left on overnight

The water pressure inside my house went way down and stayed down after the hose was left on overnight. It's been a while now and the water pressure is still low (useable but low). The air pressure ...
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What is the procedure for restarting a drilled well?

Drilled well hasn't been used in 15 years. I turned pump on 2 years ago by mistake and a bit of water came out of the black PE pipe. I figure at least the water in the well is stale and I should drain ...
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Location of pressure tank

A well drilling company drilled a well for me and ran lines from the well to my RV pad (AS as in Airstream in the attached image) and in the opposite direction to a shed which will house the pressure ...
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Well water pressure

A month ago had the well pump replaced because we had no water. The plumber said our pump went bad. It was about 20 years old. They told us then that our well depth was 225. We have slowly been ...
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Sealing the inside of a water well to use it as a reservoir?

We've had unusually dry weather and our well has run so low that we had to call in a water hauling company to refill it a few days ago. The water man told me that even though he dumped in ~ 1000 ...
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How can I fairly distribute water pressure and flow throughout my home?

All new home plumbing. Well fed, so we have our own booster pump and we control the water inlet pressure. My goal is to split the house into four "zones" that I can turn off, independently with a ...
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Pressure Cycling and Suspected Ruptured Line

We're having a bit of trouble with our well and water pressure, and I'm hoping you all might be willing to help us troubleshoot. This is a residential home with a well and a tank with a 40/60 ...
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Float switch as emergency cutoff for well pump

Our house is has a drilled well, with with 1/2 HP 230V well pump wired from a fixed pressure switch. We've had a couple of pinhole leaks in the copper piping that would have turned into major ...
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Reduce speed of existing well pump

My existing well pump (at 550 ft deep) is a nearly brand new (installed last July) 3 wire pump and I do not want to replace it. However, I now have a 1500 gallon underground cistern in which to store ...
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Getting the most out of a low yield well

I have a low yield well: it's only 27 feet deep which is a big part of the problem. Recently a neighbor had their well re-dug to 350 feet which I guess lowered the water table, because ever since we ...
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How do I fix a loose brick on the corner of a tree well?

I have a loose brick on a recently made tree well. I have Quikrete Type S mortar and I'm planning on getting a trowel. What are the steps to remove the existing mortar on the brick (which is ...
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Could treated water backflow into my RO system?

This may be a bit of an odd question, but where I live, the well water is extremely bad. The amount of sulfer in the water makes it unusable for anything other than washing dishes and laundry. I had ...
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Well pump stops working after 30 minutes

Where I live I have well water. Ever since I bought the house, 14 years ago, the pump has stopped working after approximately 30 to 45 minutes. At that time you head on down to the basement and lift ...
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Well Inspection Failed

Looking at buying a house that is on Sepctic and a private Well. Got the well inspection back, and failed for Total Coliform (Ecoli and Nitrate Level are fine). The septic is on the other side of ...
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well pressure tank losing pressure

My well pressure tank has this symptom... Tank cycles about every 4 minutes without any water running. checked the pressure and it is where it should be. In between cycles I can see the pressure dial ...
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Front yard flooding, drainage help needed

[Front yardThe front of my yard faces the main road, which is on a higher grade than my driveway. My driveway dips for the first approx. 5 feet, then dips back up towards my garage, this causes water ...
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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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Use cement blocks for egress window well surrounding [duplicate]

I need to make an egress window and the depth below grade is 24". However, most egress window wells at home improvement stores are 20" in height and I need to buy 2 of them which made the cost double....
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Replacing a well pressure tank

I have a 19 gallon pressure tank that appears to be waterlogged. When tapping the tank it sounds like it is completely full of water and when running the water in the house the pump cycles constantly. ...
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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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Max pressure I can set my well to?

I am new to having a well and the pressure in our house is OK, but not incredible. The well sits about 100 ft. from the house. We have 2 20 Gallon pressure tanks next to the pump. The pressure switch ...
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Can I pipe roof and sump water into an unused shallow well?

My building has some issues in the basement with water coming in through the walls. In order to improve drainage, can I pipe roof run-off and my sump pump into an unused shallow well? My lot is fairly ...
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Changing from jet pump to submersible

This is something I have never done changing from a jet pump to a submersible, I thought I would ask here prior to calling a friend that is a well tester. I was thinking about replacing my jet pump ...
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Well water going out

We bought our house 6 months ago, found out our well is 305 ft deep, our neighbords (200 yards away) don't have water issues so I know it can't be dry and their well is shallower than ours. If we run ...
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Well water in whole-house water filter turning green

I've been adding windows to my outdoor shed housing my well and water filter. The filter looks like the image below. After adding these windows, I'm now noticing the inside of the filter is green, ...
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How do you find underground pipe and wires to a private well and how deep would they be?

I need to terrace some stairs into a steep hill, but my well is at the bottom of the hill and my house is at the top. Therefore there has to be pipe and wires going up the hill somewhere. I don't know ...
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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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in-line water filter gets clogged weekly after well-water pipe replacement

About a month ago, the pipe that brings the water from the well into the house was replaced. I have a inline water filter between the water tank and the UV remediation lamp. I replaced the filter with ...
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Low pressure after water main pipe replacement

I have well water and the main pipe bringing the water from the well into the house had leak. The pipe was replaced with a new pipe about a month ago. Since then, the water pressure has been ...
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how do I disinfect a well with plain bleach

What is the procedure for disinfecting a well ? is a dug / shallow well different than a drilled well? How much bleach to use and what dilute? Well is 138 feet from top of casing, 128.76 Gal of ...
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How high can I adjust water pressure in my well tank?

I have a well with a pressure tank that supplies household water. I'm replacing the pressure switch because it's old and faulty. I see that pressure switches come in 20/40, 30/50 and 40/60 psi presets....
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How does my geothermal heat pump heat my hot water tank/UV filter and softner

I had my heat pump replaced recently and had it hooked it up to the hot water tank so that as the pump was on, whether cooling or heating the home would also partially heat the water in the tank. My ...
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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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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 suddenly adding fine sand

My well suddenly is adding sand to the water supply. Very fine just barely grit, so on the border between sand and silt. I’ve just stopped irrigating, so demand is only household. I can see the ...
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Can I just add air to an air-over-water pressure tank?

We have an older well system in a house that we purchased this summer. The information that I have found on the web assumes that there are some valves in the system that I don't have, for instance ...