Increasing pressure for pump, replacement?

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by Mad Plumber, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. Mad Plumber

    Mad Plumber Mad Skills

    Aug 13, 2005
    We are trying to purchase a house in VT and the inspector we hired reports low water pressure throughout the house. We've never owned or rented a house with a well and I was curious as to how difficult and expensive replacing a below ground well pump is.

    I am an American Military Member's spouse. We live in the Middle East: Bahrain
  2. craigpump

    craigpump Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2012
    Self employed water system tech
    Forget a home inspector, use an experienced, licensed well and pump contractor. Have a thorough well inspection performed along with a yield/recovery test done so you know exactly how much water the well makes.

    That said, it could be that there is a plugged filter, trash in the faucet aerators, the pressure switch might be failing, the pump might be worn, there could be a leaky pipe in the well.....
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  4. valveman

    valveman Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    Pump Controls Technician
    Lubbock, Texas
    Like Craig says, you could have one or more problem that needs to be ironed out. But just because you have your own well doesn’t mean you have to live with low pressure. On the contrary, you can have as much pressure as you want. Just don’t settle for anything less than want you want. It may require something as extensive as a new pump. But it could also be something as simple as adjusting the pressure switch a little.
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