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Old 08-19-2012, 06:05 PM   #1
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Maybe the past week we have noticed the water has been "purging" out at random as if their were air in the lines. It would just sputter out water. Yesterday when I took a shower the purging stopped but the water pressure sucked. Today it's the same and I'm wondering if their is something I can do to fix this. We have a submerged well in the back yard.

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Old 08-19-2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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Broken water line?
Well running out of water?
The 2 would be what I would be looking at.
What is the well recovery rate?
Could the wells recovery rate gone down?
Could there be a break between the well pump and the pitless?


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Old 08-19-2012, 07:26 PM   #3
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If there was a broken water line I would think that there would be some obvious water build up somewhere right?
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Is there a pressure tank in your crawl space?
If there is run the water, (an outside tap will work) and see what the gauges on the tank do.
What should happen is when there's no water running the pressure should be about 60 LB. when the water comes on it should slowly drop to about 40, pump should come on until it hits 60 again, shut off and it should go down slow again.
If it just drops fast and just starts and stops it can be a bladder in the pressure tank is shot or low on air.
Look on the top of the pressure tank there should be a valve stem on the tank under a cap like on your car tire. If you remove the cap and push down on the vale stem air should come out not water. If water comes out of it then it's time for a new tank.
If there is not cap then it's differant style tank that is suppost to have air in the top and water in the bottom. There's a valve on the side of the tank that's suppost to control how much air is in the tank.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:08 PM   #5
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Not sure about a pressure tank. I will take a look in the crawl space when I get home. All I really know is that their is a white pipe with a cap sticking out of the ground where the well is. I do remember someone had to do something for the pressure before we closed on the house 2 years ago and it's worked fine up until now. Not sure what they did though.

When the pressure drops off after a couple mins of being in the shower I can hear what sounds like the pipe behind the shower wall knocking against the wall or something.
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You should see something like this.
http://www.aquascience.net/amtrol-pr...dex.cfm?id=508
That sound is the pump having to turn on and off, or there's air in the line.
If there's a crack in the suction line from the well that's one way the air can get in the line. It's sucking air instead of water. Source of least resistence.

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Old 08-20-2012, 07:22 PM   #7
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Here's what I got. The psi gauge stays at about 54 with water off. When water is on it slowly drops to about 36 then the pump turns on and it very very slowly goes up to 48 at which I turned the water off again. The pressure at the kitchen sink seems to stay constant so I guess the shower is where the pressure seems to be an issue.



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Take off the shower head and run the water to see what happens and get back to us.
If all the faucets including the outside ones all work fine, toilet fills up normaly then I'm just guessing the shower head is pluged up or it's the antiscald inside the shower head is sticking
I'm not a plumber, I'm just going over all the things I've gotten stuck trying to fix.
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I will check although water comes out of all the holes in the shower head. Atleast most of them.
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Ha it's free to do and it will make the wife think your at least trying to fix it.
LOL
Is this just a shower and not a tub?
Run just the hot, then the cold and see if they flow about the same.

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I will take it off tomorrow. Couldn't find the big pliers. On a side note their are strange looking mushrooms growing under the house.
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Ha it's free to do and it will make the wife think your at least trying to fix it.
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Is this just a shower and not a tub?
Run just the hot, then the cold and see if they flow about the same.
It's a stand alone shower and there is only one knob. The water is about the same when all the way on hot and in the middle. I'll update tomorrow after work.
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Did you remove that cap on the well saver tank and push down on the valve stem for a second to make sure air came out and not water?
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Did you remove that cap on the well saver tank and push down on the valve stem for a second to make sure air came out and not water?
No. I got distracted by the mushrooms and the plastic that was supposed to be put down when we bought the house but was just sitting in the corner not even unfolded.
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I took the shower head off and took the aerator out and there was a spongy thing I'm assuming was a filter and it was brown and nasty. I just took it out and put the aerator back in and now the pressure is normal. How important is that little filter thing? IV never seen one in a shower head before, just the rubber pieces.

We have pretty hard water so the rust likes to build up on things.

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