Do I Need This Pressure Tank ?

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by bob-texas, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. bob-texas

    bob-texas New Member

    Messages:
    10
    Location:
    texas
    My well pump is 180 feet deep. The pump is a 3 hp 27 gpm. It used to operate the sprinklers, but now the only use for the well is to fill the pond through a bladder and and 250 feet of 1" pipe. The pump runs non stop at 28 to 30 lbs. Does the bladder make the pump work any harder ? Would I be better off without it since pressure is not an issue ? Thanks for any advice.
  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

    Messages:
    4,064
    Location:
    NW Ontario, Canada
    No.
    Is it worth the effort to you to remove it? I'm a firm believer in if it ain't broke don't fix it.
  3. craigpump

    craigpump Member

    Messages:
    974
    Location:
    ct
    The diaphram wont make the pump work any harder than its designed to work.

    If you already have the tank, why would you want to eliminate it?

    How do you turn the pump on & off, manually or with a pressure switch?
  4. bob-texas

    bob-texas New Member

    Messages:
    10
    Location:
    texas
    Thanks LL and Craig for the quick responses. Yes, it is turned on and off with a pressure switch. You guys have answered my question. I was just trying to make sure that I was doing everything possible to protect the new pump. Thanks again
  5. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

    Messages:
    4,064
    Location:
    NW Ontario, Canada
    I'm guessing that craigpump implies that the tank may absorb pulses that otherwise might cause the switch to bounce on start. If you remove the tank you may have to remove or adjust the pressure switch as well.
  6. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

    Messages:
    4,330
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    What part of Texas are you in that lets you fill a pond from a residential Well ?

    We are lucky to have the water too pump.

    Just wondered.

    I don't think you are getting as much water out of your well that you think you are.


    Or your pressure would be higher.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2014
  7. bob-texas

    bob-texas New Member

    Messages:
    10
    Location:
    texas
    DonL, Arlington-Mansfield area. The sprinkler system with 2 controllers runs 37 stations with a total run time of 23 hours. The pond drops about 1/4 " per hour. The liquid control electrodes are set to turn on the well when the pond level drops 4 ". The well pump is set to shut off at 45. It runs a constant 28 to 30 through 1 " pipe. The last pump lasted about 4 years. I installed a Gould this time and put dry acid in the well 1 year ago.
  8. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

    Messages:
    4,330
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    I guess that is a big pond.

    Sounds like you have a nice setup.

    250 feet of 1 Inch, can loose you a lot of volume. That can be a big deal for what you are doing.

    I hope you can drive down the prices for the food grown and raised in Texas.

    Having Water is better than having Gold or Oil. Brass is nice to have, so that you can protect your Water , Food and Family.


    Good Luck on your project.
  9. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,427
    Location:
    IL
  10. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

    Messages:
    4,330
    Location:
    Houston, TX
  11. bob-texas

    bob-texas New Member

    Messages:
    10
    Location:
    texas
    DonL, I don't know what a big pond is. I have seen much small
    er, and much larger. The previous homeowner was running 17 stations direct from the well to water the areas away from the house, and using a 2nd controller on city water to water around the house, due to the iron rust on everything. 3 years ago I put a Shaeffer 2 horse pump in the pond due to bad pressure at the end of the property. The pressure problem was resolved, and the rust went away. After paying for 90 to 100,000 gal. of city water per month in the summer, I tied everything to the pond/well. It looks like my usage this month will be about 5000 gal. I am not in the trade and put the 1 " in on the advice of a supplier ( before I ran across this forum ) . I am trying to tweak this system and get the most out of the two pumps. I really appreciate all of your help and the help from others on here. As far as driving down food prices in Texas, we just shop at Aldi !
  12. bob-texas

    bob-texas New Member

    Messages:
    10
    Location:
    texas
    Reach4, a year ago the well pump locked up and threw the breaker. I pulled the pump on 180 feet of pipe. The pump was one big hunk of rusty sludge. The 1 1/4" pipe was closed down to about 3/4 ". I installed a new pump and pipe. Before putting in the new stuff, I put 5 gal. of dry acid in the well. The company that I bought the Gould pump from told me that would be fine, but not to turn the pump off until everything had cleared out. It blew rusty water for a long time. A year later the rusty water is starting to increase.
Similar Threads: Need Pressure
Forum Title Date
Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog Desperately need help with Well Pump no pressure issue Sep 16, 2014
Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog Low water pressure, and new pressure tank needed Jul 27, 2014
Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog Need help! - Low pressure in sprinkler system - The well to blame? Solutions? Jun 8, 2014
Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog Do I need a well pressure tank? May 20, 2014
Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog Need help troubleshooting low pressure Feb 2, 2014

Share This Page