Cistern well overfill question

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  1. andrmegn

    andrmegn New Member

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    We live in an older Victorian home with a cistern well for water supply. We don't know anything about it but have noticed the well is completely full lately. Is this anything we should be concerned about? It doesn't appear to be affecting our water pressure.

    Thanks!
    Andrea
     
  2. craigpump

    craigpump Well-Known Member

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    Have the water tested for bacteria regularly.
     
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  4. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    The cistern may be spring fed.
     
  5. valveman

    valveman Moderator Staff Member

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    If there is a well pump feeding the cistern, the float switch maybe stuck, and the cistern it full to the overflow pipe.
     
  6. Smooky

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    Where does the water come from? The cisterns I've worked with in the past were tanks under the house that were filled from roof gutters. If it has rained a lot and you have that type of cistern, that might be why.
     
  7. andrmegn

    andrmegn New Member

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    There is a well pump in the base of the cistern. When I first moved here, I never noticed water in the cistern. I have a sump pump hooked up but the water level doesn't ever seem to go down. Where would I find the float switch?
     
  8. valveman

    valveman Moderator Staff Member

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    Your system should look something like this.

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