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Old 01-21-2010, 12:53 PM   #16
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Old 01-21-2010, 01:21 PM   #17
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It's a suction leak somewhere between the foot valve and the pump. I suspect it's where it came apart sometime back.

Willowgirl suggested using Teflon Thread Tape and that's fine. Personally we always preferred #3 Permitex on suction lines.

A good way to locate a leak in a suction line is while the pump is running and pumping is to put shaving cream around any suspected leak above the water line in the well and the pump intake (suction). If there's a leak you can see it because it will suck the shaving cream into the leak and you can see it at the leak as it is sucked in because it leaves an indentation in the foam as it is sucked in.

A side note to Willowgirl: People all over the world have different names for the same thing! A suction line is any single line from the water supply (well) to the pump inlet. If it's a pump with 2 lines to the well, the larger line is considered the suction line and the smaller line is considered the pressure line.

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Hi Porky Cutter. Thank you for your explanation. I went your info on link.
I can see you have many years experience. I wasn't sure myself if you had meant there was a separate line called the suction line or if you were talking about the main water line.
I see your info says you have monthly stories which i'm interested to read. I have 3 place's that have wells. I use piston pumps, but recently decided to use a jet put for one of the location which seems to work ok with it. One of my water wells is so far from my house I have a second dry well half way between house and water well to help pull the water up the hill and to the pump.
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The verdict is in... It was the foot valve. It had sucked in something (almost looked like a piece of mulch) and it was slightly open. When we pulled up the vertical pipe from the well, you could see that it was leaking pretty good. We replaced the foot valve vs. just removing the debris. The spring on the foot valve didn't seem as tight as it should and since we had it all a part, replacing it made sense to me. It was strange as the old foot valve didn't have anything at the bottom to prevent this from happening. It was just open. The new foot valve at least has a covering at the bottom to prevent this from happening again (i hope). Why was that little piece of debris in my well.... hmmm. One problem at a time I guess. I am just thrilled to have it back to normal! I want to thank all of you for your answers!!!!! I have printed your posts for future reference. That shaving cream tip for a leak is incredible. What a great tip! Hopefully, I won't have to use it, but I'm keeping it on file! This is the best website ever!!! Thanks again to all!!!!!
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The verdict is in... It was the foot valve. It had sucked in something (almost looked like a piece of mulch) and it was slightly open. When we pulled up the vertical pipe from the well, you could see that it was leaking pretty good. We replaced the foot valve vs. just removing the debris. The spring on the foot valve didn't seem as tight as it should and since we had it all a part, replacing it made sense to me. It was strange as the old foot valve didn't have anything at the bottom to prevent this from happening. It was just open. The new foot valve at least has a covering at the bottom to prevent this from happening again (i hope). Why was that little piece of debris in my well.... hmmm. One problem at a time I guess. I am just thrilled to have it back to normal! I want to thank all of you for your answers!!!!! I have printed your posts for future reference. That shaving cream tip for a leak is incredible. What a great tip! Hopefully, I won't have to use it, but I'm keeping it on file! This is the best website ever!!! Thanks again to all!!!!! p.s. sorry if I posted this twice... new to this! thanks again
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Mystery Solved on Well Losing Prime
The verdict is in... It was the foot valve. It had sucked in something (almost looked like a piece of mulch) and it was slightly open. When we pulled up the vertical pipe from the well, you could see that it was leaking pretty good. We replaced the foot valve vs. just removing the debris. The spring on the foot valve didn't seem as tight as it should and since we had it all a part, replacing it made sense to me. It was strange as the old foot valve didn't have anything at the bottom to prevent this from happening. It was just open. The new foot valve at least has a covering at the bottom to prevent this from happening again (i hope). Why was that little piece of debris in my well.... hmmm. One problem at a time I guess. I am just thrilled to have it back to normal! I want to thank all of you for your answers!!!!! I have printed your posts for future reference. That shaving cream tip for a leak is incredible. What a great tip! Hopefully, I won't have to use it, but I'm keeping it on file! This is the best website ever!!! Thanks again to all!!!!! p.s. sorry if I posted this twice... new to this! thanks again

The old footvalve probably had one but it broke apart. Its great that you found the problem. The debris probably just fell in one of the times the lid was off well being checked.
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