Shollow well pump losing prime
Posted by Phil Mace on March 27, 2004 at 12:56:33:
Background: We live about 30 miles SE of Fairbanks, Alaska. We just replaced a old Gould 1/2 HP pump because it was losing prime..thought it was the pump (also making alot of noise).
Replaced it with a Flotech 3/4 HP jet pump. It too is losing prime UNLESS I shut the water off to the house so it is just the pump and the pressure tank.
I am thinking it might be a leak somewhere in the house that is causing the pump to lose prime.
I have a brass backflow inhibitor (not sure what the correct name is) valve between the pump and the well.
Should I also have one between the pressure tank and the house? Any ideas?
Thanks in advance!!
Phil.



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