Water Brown / rusty color no smell

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by pitterpat, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. pitterpat

    pitterpat HandyWOMAN

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    From this thread: http://www.terrylove.com/forums/showthread.php?45071-Well-system-I-am-inheriting-with-house , you will see the legacy system I inherited with this house I bought. The house sat unoccupied for about 18-19 months. It has the original galvanized pipes and most of the plumbing system, there are some pipes that are copper. The water, when it is collected in a sink (white cast iron), toilet bowl or bucket is brown / rusty in color. Also the water pressure is low. What is causing this brown /rusty water and what is causing the water pressure to be low?

    I plan to replace the pump and tank (maybe) but it is not in the cash budget this month.

    Thanks, Pat
  2. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    You should have the water tested to find out what is in it.

    The color is probably iron, which can come from the water, the well casing, and/or the piping.
    It will often precipitate out of the water in the tank, and will slowly filling the bottom of the tank with iron/rust.
  3. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    You may want to kill the power to your pump, then drain the tank, then start the pump with the bottom drain left open until clear water comes out.

    That will also put the needed air back into your tank.

    That may get you by until you can afford to replace it.


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  4. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    The tank has an AVC, but we don't have any idea if it is working.
  5. pitterpat

    pitterpat HandyWOMAN

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    If I do this will I lose the prime to my pump? I have figured out that the only low pressure is to the kitchen faucet; the other water fixture (bathtub, bathroom sink, shower in the basement) have strong water flow.
  6. pitterpat

    pitterpat HandyWOMAN

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    What is an AVC?
  7. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    Yes you could lose prime. Have a few gallons on hand just in case.

    The AVC is the air volume control, and if it is not leaking then just draining the tank May buy you 2-3 months even if it is Bad.

    The AVC is the round thing on the side of the tank.
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  8. pitterpat

    pitterpat HandyWOMAN

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    What is the likelyhood of losing prime? The AVC does not leak. Not sure at this point I want to drain if I could lose prime...I know very little about well systems and if it is now killing me I will leave it for a month or 2. I know that it is rust because it leaves a rust colored stain if a puddle is allowed to sit.
  9. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    It looks like the way it is Plumed it is not likely to loose prime.

    If it does You just remove the pressure gauge and refill it with water.

    Should be no problem for a Handy Woman.

    The bottom of the tank is probably holding a lot of iron.

    Once flushed the water should clear up.
  10. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    If you have not had the water tested, that should have been the FIRST thing one your list.

    Until is has been tested you should not assume that is even safe to drink.
  11. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    Not a bad idea, If you will be cooking with or drinking the water.
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