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Old 03-07-2011, 05:59 PM   #1
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For my first post I want ask about a problem I'm facing in preparation for a fairly extensive addition to my house. This proposed addition will extend out over the location of my exterior well house and cover the water well. I'm confident that I can arrange the pump and tank so they will fit in the crawlspace, but a friend of mine told me that it would be necessary to maintain open access to the well so the pump line can be removed if needed. If this is true, then I may have to abandon my plan or have a new well drilled at a cost of several thousand. But I'm wondering if there is a creative solution to this problem? Can I perhaps remove the current pump system and replace it with something that has a flexible production pipe. That would be much better than having to drill a new well. Any thoughts about this solution or other work-arounds? Thanks

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Ayuh,... I can't feature a flexable hose being able to take the torque of a submersible pump...
It'll Rip up black plastic pipe, if ya don't use torque isolators...

How far down is the pump,..??

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How about removable floor panels in the new building addition over the well?
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How about removable floor panels in the new building addition over the well?

How much headroom is there in the crawl space? If not much then I would recommend having the expansion tank and other parts of the system in the house on the main level.
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You may find your building dept. will not allow you to do this. If you well has problems in the future, how could a well drilling rig be used to deepen the well? You might not care but a future owner might get stuck.

I would change the plan or drill a new well.
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Ayuh,... I can't feature a flexable hose being able to take the torque of a submersible pump...
It'll Rip up black plastic pipe, if ya don't use torque isolators...

How far down is the pump,..??
What if I used an above-ground pump?

I'm not sure how deep the well is. Just bought the house. I'll have to look that up.

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How about removable floor panels in the new building addition over the well?

How much headroom is there in the crawl space? If not much then I would recommend having the expansion tank and other parts of the system in the house on the main level.
I thought about removable panels. Not a bad idea, but it would be a compromise as I plan on having hardwood flooring. The crawlspace should have plenty of room. It will be quite high in the pump area. But yes, I could house it elsewhere as well. My main concern is having a floor over the well shaft.
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You may find your building dept. will not allow you to do this. If you well has problems in the future, how could a well drilling rig be used to deepen the well? You might not care but a future owner might get stuck.

I would change the plan or drill a new well.
Yes, building regs are an unknown for me, and I'll have to ask about it first.

As for future problems, If a driller has to come out anyway, then I would just drill a new well.

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