How Can I Drain My Pressure Tank Faster

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  1. SRADRULES

    SRADRULES New Member

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    I Have A Well Rite Wr240r Pressure Tank. I Am Pretty Sure That It Is Water Logged. I Also Believe That The Diaphram Is Ruptured. Im Draining It But It Is Draining Very Slow. What Can I Do To Speed Things Up?
  2. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    The broken bladder can block the flow out the drain valve. If you are sure the tank is bad, drill a hole in it just above the weld that goes all around it and then another one on top or remove the air valve stem. You get water out the lower one and air in the top one. The water can be very rusty and stain whatever it gets on. I used to take the tank out, drag it to a floor drain and lay it on its side or its top, and drill 3/8" or 1/2" holes letting it drain into a sump pump hole or floor drain.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Use an air compressor on the air schrader valve.
  4. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    That won't work if part of the bladder is blocking the outlet.
  5. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

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    A pickaxe works faster than drilling holes...
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