Slow cycling of well pump / pressure tank

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by desmo, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. desmo

    desmo New Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Catskills NY
    Hi all,

    We have a pressure tank setup with a well. The system cycles between 20# and 40#. I just noticed the system is cycling slowly with no fixtures "on" (maybe 10-15 minutes from high to low).

    I'm guessing the water is being pumped backed into the well. Do I need a check valve? The pump is a bit of a mystery to me, but it's a pounded well about 70' deep.

    Can I install a check valve in the house where the water line enters?

    Thanks much in advance for any information!

    - Mark
  2. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

    Dec 28, 2009
    "retired" and still building and troubleshooting
    northfork, california
    Pull the pipe and fix it from the bottom up.

    Check valve might buy you a bit of time to do that.
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  4. masterpumpman

    masterpumpman New Member

    Mar 26, 2007
    Consult and Teach Well Drilling Internationally
    Virginia Beach, VA
    If it's a driven well I'm guessing the check valve is somewhere between the pump and the top of the well. Replace that check valve and you should be OK.
  5. jimtum

    jimtum AAW

    Aug 27, 2010
    Water Treatment Specialist
    Decatur Tx
    If you don't see a check valve above ground then you may either have a hole in the pipe or the check valve, foot falve is not holding and as ballvalve said you will need to fix it from the bottom up
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