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Old 08-15-2007, 11:23 AM   #1
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Big Well Problem?

Hi and thank you in advance for your help.

I'm having a problem with my well. This morning i had a stump ground out directly behind the well pump (the thing sticking out of the ground) Since then my water has been brown, and the pressure has been really bad. When I turn on a faucet, the water runs at normal pressure, but then fades to nothing within a few minutes, if even that. I suspect that the water will return to it's original clear as it settles fron the disturbance, but is it normal for the pressure to be that bad or is something very wrong?

Is it normal for the pressure to drop when the area around a well is disturbed, or should I call the tree guy and a repair man right away?

Thank you again. I hope someone can help me =-)


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Old 08-15-2007, 11:46 AM   #2
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This all depends on if you have a shallow well or a deep well. A deep well will have a PVC casing pretty far down in the ground so it would take a major distubance to upset the system, but it is possible. If you have a shallow well then it's a distinct possiblity that you've had a cave in and the pump is suffering from that. I know that you don't want a lecture but it's general practice to leave the area around a well head undisturbed. Unless you want to pull the pump yourself, the person you will want to call is a well digger who specializes in such things. Keep in mind if you open up your well head you will have to re-sanitize your water system prior to putting it back in service.


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Old 08-19-2007, 05:21 PM   #3
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I would also notify the tree man immediately that you have a problem that may be as a result of his work and that you are having it checked out by a professional well/pump man.

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Old 08-19-2007, 06:12 PM   #4
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If you did have a cave in, running the pump will burn it out in short order. It will be starved for water and overheat. I know from experience.

Then, the fun part is seeing if you can pull the old pump out. It only takes one rock in the wrong place to jam that thing tight. Then you may be looking at a new well.

Call someone ASAP to get them to look at it before you roast a $400 pump.
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