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Old 10-16-2012, 07:18 AM   #1
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Sediment filter issue

Recently, I replaced my well pump. My well is 165 ft deep. I placed my replaced my pump with the same model that went bad. It was placed approximately 100 ft deep. I use my well pump for my irrigation system. Every since replacing it, my sediment filter clogs with clay after every use. I replaced the filter several times. I need to clean out the filter a couple of times a week. I do have a pressure tank that looks its age. I have not drained the pressure tank. I'm learning towards this being an issue. Could there be sediment in the pressure tank that is causing the filter to fill up quickly? Any advice is appreciated.


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Old 10-16-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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There was a great post to a similar thread a couple days ago. The simple, inexpensive and elegant suggestion was to build a shelf/ledge or platform and raise the pump off the bottom so it would not be so prone to suck in sediment. Will this work in your situation?

Can you bleed gunk out of the pressure tank? When was the last time you had it vacuumed out and inspected?

Here is the link to the other running thread on similar topic in case you want to follow it.

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Old 10-16-2012, 05:53 PM   #3
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Being it just happened it's probable the well was disturbed when the old pump was replaced and may take a while to settle. Drillers often suggest bypassing everything ( pressure tank, filter etc. ) and just pump the well to an open end hose and hope it eventually clears. If the sediment specific gravity is greater than water a simple sediment tank will sometimes lessen filter changes a great deal. My well pumps some sand so the sediment tank works well.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:25 PM   #4
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Tried to lift it off the bottom

The first thing that I tried was lifting it up 2 ft. That did not help. Tonight, I let it run for an hour draining it out of the sediment filter. Hopefully, that will clean up any debris in that tank or well. IF that does not work, what is the best way to bleed the pressure tank or drain it?
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