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Old 06-13-2012, 05:27 AM   #1
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My husband and I bought a house about 8 months ago. Everything was fine until this past Sunday. I woke up to no water. Thankfully our neighbor is allowing us to mooch off his supply while we figure this out. We have a chemical injector in the house, but when we open our well (a 3ft wide, 6in thick slab of concrete) there is a 1.5in thick pipe running down into the well with a few wires, but that is all. Where would our pump be, and how do we access it? Our neighbor is telling us a crane has to come out and lift it out, I really dont want to have to do that. Help!!

PS: We did replace the control box underneath our house with zero success

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My husband and I bought a house about 8 months ago. Everything was fine until this past Sunday. I woke up to no water. Thankfully our neighbor is allowing us to mooch off his supply while we figure this out. We have a chemical injector in the house, but when we open our well (a 3ft wide, 6in thick slab of concrete) there is a 1.5in thick pipe running down into the well with a few wires, but that is all. Where would our pump be, and how do we access it? Our neighbor is telling us a crane has to come out and lift it out, I really dont want to have to do that. Help!!

PS: We did replace the control box underneath our house with zero success
Ayuh,.... My guess is, the pump is at the end of those wires,... a submersible..

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At the end of the 1in pipe? Most submersible pipes we have seen have been 6in thick....
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The submersible pumps will fit inside a 6" well shaft---they are about 4" across--
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We dont have a single pipe inside the well that thick..
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Post a picture--sounds like you have an open pit type well---look for a well service company's label on your expansion tank or pressure regulator--- if you find one--call --ask if they installed the pump--how deep is the well? and any other information about the pump.
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The wires going down the well are the power to the pump. The pump is at the end of that 1.5 inch pipe.
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So if we unhook the joint that gives it the 90 degree angle into the ground, we will be able to pull up the pump?

Im sorry, Im absolutely clueless. City girl got kicked out to the country!
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It depends on how deep the well is. The pipe can be very heavy. The last thing you want to do is drop everything down the well.
You might need something like this.

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Pulling a well pump without experience is a very bad plan. Just about anything can go wrong, with no experience just about everything is likely to go wrong, assuming you have a submersible pump. When we bought our house, there was a sticker in the basement next to the control panel for the pump with the name of the original installer, who is still in business. Turns out they had detailed information about the location of the well itself, depth, type of pump etc., so when the pump burned out after about ten years living in the house, they came out and replaced it. I do a lot of DIY work, but I would not mess with pulling a submersible pump. Check for the sticker, else you are likely going to have to hire a reputable company to find the well, which can often be done with a magnetometer, and service it.
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I've never once seen a crain needed to just pull a well pump.
Call a local plumber or well drilling company to come take a look at it.
Very likly it's not even the pump that giving you the all the trouble.
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I am assuming you have a well casing pipe in which a pump is attached to black flexible piping. Depending on the depth of the well and the location of the pump...pulling the pump is best left to the experts.
The pump company has a small derrick that will lift the piping (with pump attached) up to the surface. There should be electrical cables and a stainless steel safety cable that runs down into the well and attaches to the pump.
If you screw up and loose the pump down the hole....the costs go way up for retrieval.
Go with previous recommendations....call in the experts.

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