Bladder pressure tank vs standard pressure tank

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by brown13, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. brown13

    brown13 New Member

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    Hi, I'm new to the forum, and have a couple of questions. Last weekend my 1 hp Red Jacket submersible system blew the starting capacitor, and or the relay in the control box. I contacted the local well service guy and he sold me a new control box which solved the problem.(got lucky it wasn't the pump). After I replaced it I noticed the pump cycling more than normal. I found my bladder tank to be waterlogged. I drained the tank, attempted to recharge the bladder, no luck, ruptured bladder, and only one year out of warranty, (figures) :mad: I sealed the system, and charged the tank to approx 30psi and renergized the system All seems to be ok for
    now. I have to replace the bladder,bladder and tank or put in a standard
    tank. So the question is which would be the better route to take as far as less maintenance in the future?
     
  2. speedbump

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    A standard galvanized tank is going to waterlog. It's a known fact. A good bladder tank will last for many years with no waterlogging problems. Notice I said good bladder tank. There are many brands that will not last for many years.

    bob...
     
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  4. brown13

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    The tank I had installed was a Flotec 7125.
     
  5. speedbump

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    Well, that's one of the bad ones. Sorry!

    bob...
     
  6. brown13

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    What would be the best brand for the minimal cost. Just the wife and myself, some lawn watering, at least 100 gal equivalent
    Thanks
     
  7. speedbump

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    It's rare you can buy the good for minimal cost, but for instance. My 120 gallon bladder tank is $297.90. I don't know what 1hp Red Jacket you have, but if it is more than a 15 gpm model, that's the smallest tank I would recommend.

    bob...
     
  8. brown13

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    I dont know the GPM rating on the pump, but the pipe coming out of the well is 1""
     
  9. vaplumber

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    Go with a bladder tank. Get a name brand and enough capacity to serve your needs. Avoid the $99 box store specials, and I agree with the cycle stop valve.
     
  10. Pumpman

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    If you check out the different tanks, you'll notice that there are bladder tanks and diaphragm tanks. I prefer to use the diaphragm type like the Goulds (A.O. Smith) tank. I'll get in a plug, too (-;
    As a rule, the bigger the tank, the better, but you need not go overboard.
    The CSV or Smart Tee is the way to go if you want to use a smaller tank.
    Ron
     
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