I'm lost and so is my well....

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog. Water is life.' started by DsprteMeasres, Sep 14, 2021 at 6:30 PM.

  1. DsprteMeasres

    DsprteMeasres New Member

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    Sorry, this will probably be a long post, but I'll try to keep it to the point. 4 years ago I bought my house in a very rural area west of Oklahoma city, it has 2 wells on it, one for the house and one for the outside stuff. The outside well pump stopped working about 6 weeks ago, I have verified the tank and pressure switch, pump is getting power but no water. Unfortunately there are no records with my local or state water resource board as to either well location or depth, no idea when they were drilled either. I contacted a local well drilling outfit and they sent some guys out who did not have anything with them to locate the well. They were very nice folks, and did not charge me, but I basically wasted an afternoons worth of leave from work. They hooked something up (a test box started with an S, not a meter) to the pump wiring, and said the pump is shorted and/or dead. I have since purchased a tempo 501 locator, but have been unable to pinpoint anything... it seems like a wonderful tool, if I could practice with it on something less serious... A 100ft fish tape kept stopping about 22-23ft down. Today I ran a borescope down with the fish tape, at that level I found some sort of junction. The wiring and lines are inside of my shed, they seem to run under the cinderblock foundation at an angle. It seems to come out of the shed under where the power conduit is run, so digging is a little tricky in that area. I have a utility probe that is taller than I am trying to hit paydirt... no joy! I just need some advice on how to find this thing please. My garden has died, my pool is green and about empty, and my poor dogs don't have access to fresh water at all times like they did. ( I fill up the bowls before and after work, but they are used to a self filling bowl off the faucet as it is hot here.) Attached are pics of what I have, but I do have some more if it would help with ideas. Thanks in advance!!
     

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  2. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

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    I think you are looking for a well that you suspect is buried below the frost line.

    So the fish tape may be going down to the frost line, and continuing horizontally to the well.

    If you use facebook, you might see if somebody on this OK metal detecting group would be helpful in locating a big piece of steel maybe 2 ft down. Your frost line is about 20 inches it seems. I think you would look first along an arc about 20 ft radius just outside that area you show in your photos.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/okmdclub/
     
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    DsprteMeasres New Member

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    Thank you very much! I will give the group a try. I did have a pretty strong hit with the 501 about what I would guess is about 20ish ft north of the shed. I marked it with some paint. Will measure the distance tomorrow after work, and perhaps try with my cheapo metal detector! If I get a hit there I at least have a new unobstructed area to dig I am so lost on this well stuff, and appreciate the help!
     
  5. valveman

    valveman Cary Austin Staff Member

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    A well head should never be buried. When you find it, extend the casing 18' above ground and add a pitless adapter. The well head will probably only be 2'-3' down at most. It is going to need to be dug up anyway, might as well dig and follow the pipe/wire to the well. Then when you get the pump replaced if you don't want it to fail again, add a Cycle Stop Valve as irrigating, filling a pool, and auto animal waterers are notorious for cycling a pump to death. Your house pump needs a CSV as well, which would make that pump last longer as well as supply strong constant pressure to the house.
     
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    DsprteMeasres New Member

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    YOU ARE GOOD! I went out with my metal detector (just a cheapo $60 thing) and started my where the tempo had been hitting, sure enough something big and ferrous! Started digging and about 6" down I found something plastic. it is an upside down 5 gallon bucket. have been out there trying to dig it out for a bit. finally found the black plastic line going into it as well. I still cant get it out, but ruptured it accidentally and can smell that minerally well water smell, so it HAS to be covering the cap. Its 100 degrees out right now so I am done digging for a bit, but did a quick distance measurement... 20 ft exactly from the shed wall to the middle of the bucket! Thank you so much for the assistance! Now to get it uncovered and see about getting the water back on!

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  7. DsprteMeasres

    DsprteMeasres New Member

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    The help from you all did in fact find my lost, buried well. Just wanted to share that it worked in case someone else is in the same situation, they can try these steps also My sincerest thanks to those that replied! Just in case anyones wondering, the water in the pic is from me trying to soften the dirt as I was digging... it hasnt rained in 2 months and it was definately hard packed!
     

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