1. karolanne edwards

    karolanne edwards New Member

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      having trouble with my shallow well
      * we replaced drop pipe due to breaking and foot valve issue
      * put it back together then primed it- it now holds its prime
      *won't build pressure-- will not rise above 10
      water that comes out of pressure guage spout surges
      * we checked the pressure tank pressure
      * drained and added air-- is holding air but not getting any water into it

      Can get water to house with very litttle pressure -- little more than a trickle
      when unscrewing the pressure gauge air bubbles are coming out side of threads while unscrewing

      Could the drop pipe not be far enough down in the well to get a good suction?
      NEED HELP!!??

      karolanne edwards, Today at 7:44 AMEditReport
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  2. Reach4

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    You probably have a suction leak. Slather all above-ground joints with shaving cream to see where air is getting sucked in.

    It is also possible that the drop pipe with the foot valve is not deep enough, but a suction vacuum leak seems more likely. Start where the suction pipe connects to the pump, but test any other joints too.

    Is this a 2-inch well? Is the drop pipe with the foot valve 1 inch polyethylene, or glued pvc or what?

    This problem is not caused by your pressure tank.
     
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  4. karolanne edwards

    karolanne edwards New Member

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    yes and yes pvc glued well is from 2005 and new pump last year
    my dad bought the land and bulit it, unforunately he died 2016 , man I miss that Man!
    so i didnt pay well enough attention to everything
    i remember when it was drilled but i dont know how deep , mother doesnt remember,
    i know that he has pulled the pipe at least once
    note we dropped drop pipe down the well
    could this be the issue or another issue?

    could it be a clogged jet due to dirt and sand coming our pipes? lots of sand and clay

    Please help we have four kids 9 8 7 soon to 6 years and my husband suffers brain damage from a car accident ...
    there are good days and bad days and we do our best!
     
  5. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

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    A clogged jet won't bring air in, and you observed air escaping from the gauge port and probably other places.

    The aerosol shaving cream/foam is still pretty available, and that could make checking for a vacuum leak from an accessible joint pretty graphic. An alternative is while the pump is pumping, a sopping wet sponge or rag wetting a joint can make a sound change and a pressure rise when you wet the bad joint.
    could try cleaning that jet in case it helps.
    A piece of a wire coat hanger used to be a common wire to use. A piece of bare 12 AWG copper wire might be easier to find today.
    https://terrylove.com/forums/index.php?threads/pressure-drops-quick.67304/page-2#post-500629
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    Your pump probably does not have a capacitor, but this picture shows the nozzle+venturi plus the cleanout plug.
     
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