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Old 07-06-2010, 01:29 PM   #1
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Restarting an old well - options?

My home was built in the 1940's
The original well next to the house in a pit.
This has the pipes still showing where the above ground well pump used to sit.

In 2000 a new well was dug on the other side of the house. I am assuming this was done due to the size of the house was doubled.

I do not know why the old well was abandoned.

I was going to re-use the old well for outside watering. - Possibly with a smaller more efficient pump.

Any thoughts on this?


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Old 07-06-2010, 02:24 PM   #2
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I would not plan on this working.

Wells do not last forever and not using them is hard on them.

But, if you still want to try, get a pump and hook it up.

BTW, if the well was really abandon, it has been pumped full of cement or bentonite. It can not be of service.


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Old 07-06-2010, 02:43 PM   #3
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Old wells rarely if ever work. You would be better off putting a new one down with a new pump, pressure tank, etc.
Good luck!
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Step 1, pull the cap and see if theres any water down there.
Always ask to see your contractors license!
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:50 AM   #5
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Most likely the old well was abandoned because it did not delver enough gallons per minute (or maybe went completely dry).

This is significant if you want to use it for a sprinkler system.
The good conscientious technician or serviceperson will carry extra oils and lubricants in case the new pump did not come with oil or the oil was accidentally spilled, so the service call can be completed without an extra visit.
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