Sprinkler Pump lost/losing prime? (Florida)

Discussion in 'Irrigation / Sprinkler Forum' started by Kristof Ferenczi, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. Kristof Ferenczi

    Kristof Ferenczi New Member

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    Hi, I have a Utilitech sprinkler pump 1 1/2 HP. Moved into this Florida home last year, had this sprinkler system already installed. Problem is, at first everything went fine I guess. Go water flowing fast enough etc. Now I keep having to reprime to water my lawn every time I need it on. It loses pressure on the gauge the nest day and the water isn't being sucked through after even 5 minutes. I haven't check to the suction lines yet underground but there aren't any leaks in the suction line above ground leading to the pump. I have pictures of the system. Thanks!

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  2. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

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    Bad check valve or leak in suction line.

    John
  3. Kristof Ferenczi

    Kristof Ferenczi New Member

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    I pulled up about 45 feet of piping from the well and I cut off the check valve at the beginning of the pipe. ( I wanted to see if there was anything wrong below the well) Turns out the check valve is indeed leaking when I pour water into it so I'll replace that and see if it works. Thank you.
  4. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

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    Why did you pull the well? The check valve was on top of the well.

    John
  5. Kristof Ferenczi

    Kristof Ferenczi New Member

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    I know, but I wanted to check the footvalve to see if that was ok or not. The check valve wouldn't have come off unless I pulled up a part of the piping anyway. I'll be able to couple em back together with couplings right?
  6. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

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    All you had to do was cut the PVC and unscrew and replace the check valve.

    John
  7. Kristof Ferenczi

    Kristof Ferenczi New Member

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    The morons who installed the check valve GLUED the slip adapter into the check valve :\ Is it bad that I pulled the pipes up? :eek:
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