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Old 09-12-2008, 03:56 PM   #1
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I just moved to a home with well water, we lost pressure and had alot of sediment in the water immediately (the home had been empty for about a year). We had the tank replaced and the company that did it said problem solved (as far as outside). Well the sediment never went away and the pressure is rapidly decreasing to NONE. We have a filtration system that is not in plugged. Is it the filtration system that could cause this and if so with it sitting for so long, can it just be plugged in or is there something that needs to be done to it to get it up and running

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Old 09-13-2008, 06:33 AM   #2
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You may never get rid of the sediment problem. If you run the water before it reaches the(at the well or outdoor faucet if it is not filtered) filter do you still loose pressure and flow? If not the filter or tank is stopped up. How many filters do you have? I would have min. 2 one 5 micron for sediment and one 20 micron to filter. If you have a submergible pump your problem could be the pump is too close to the bottom of the well and when it starts the torque stirs up the water. It could be the vein that feeds the well carries the sediment. Does it get worse after a hard rain ? You may want to bypass the filters and run water to flush the system out. Not likely to fix it. Just some ideas.

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Old 09-13-2008, 07:05 AM   #3
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change the filters? also try removing the screw-on screens on the faucets to see if they're just filled with gunk after the repair.
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I just moved to a home with well water, we lost pressure and had alot of sediment in the water immediately (the home had been empty for about a year). We had the tank replaced and the company that did it said problem solved (as far as outside). Well the sediment never went away and the pressure is rapidly decreasing to NONE. We have a filtration system that is not in plugged. Is it the filtration system that could cause this and if so with it sitting for so long, can it just be plugged in or is there something that needs to be done to it to get it up and running
The pump produces pressure and fills the pressure tank. When the pump is off the pressure tank's captive (compressed) air pressure produces the pressure. So the pressure tank can not cause a no water problem unless the bladder is broken and the whole tank is filled with water (no air remaining; over time it is absorbed into the water).

If the pressure tank was the cause of the dirty water problem, he could have simply drained and flushed it... meaning that you didn't need a new tank because of no water or sediment.

You have a pump or plumbing problem from the pump to the pressure tank. It could be a water leak in the drop pipe down the well to the pump; assuming a submersible pump. If you have a 1 or 2 line (shallow or deep well) jet pump, you could have a leak in the drop pipe or a blockage of the jet in the pump (single line) or in the well (2 line deep well) jet j-body.

Or the filtration system could be the cause. You should have described it but since it plugs in, put it in the by pass position so water doesn't go through it.
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