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Old 12-28-2015, 11:43 AM   #1
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Relocating Pressure Tank


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My home was built in '51 with a 90' well drilled in the basement.

They added an addition with a poured 5' basement foundation, but they didn't add a good way to access it. The only access to it is over the well through a hole, so i wish to relocate my pressure tank, build a platform over the well so I can access the other side.

Here is the current setup. The well is to the right of the tank in the picture and you can see the pump clearly.

I want to move it maybe 5 feet to the right where those shelves are located. I will remove the shelves.


My question/concern is: If I leave the pump where it is and simply add the necessary plumbing to relocate the tank then will it create too much extra strain on the pump? I would assume it is only going to be 8-10 feet of additional plumbing.
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Moving the tank 8 - 10 feet will produce only a small additional pressure loss in the system, should be no problem, make sure you size the pipes correctly. That looks like galvanized piping, generally a bad choice for water piping due to corrosion, copper or PEX is better. If you go copper make sure you use a dielectric union to connect the galvanized to the copper.
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Move the tank into the new crawl space out of the way.
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Good to hear! By sizing the pipe correctly do you mean matching what is there or is there some special calculation that needs done?

And I would love to put the tank in the crawl space, but I will have to see if it is short enough to fit back there. It is a tall tank.
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If the system is working OK now, just match pipe size, but as I said, I recommend copper or PEX, not galvanized.
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And I would love to put the tank in the crawl space, but I will have to see if it is short enough to fit back there. It is a tall tank.
Ayuh,.... You can always buy a new pressure tank, that fits where ya want it too,....

To really clean up yer cubby, buy yerself a submesible pump, 'n drop it down the hole,...
Get rid of the pump ya got,...
You'd have a flat steel plate with 1 pipe, 'n 1 wire connection there,...
Run 1" Pex to the tank, 'n beyond to marry up to the house's system,...
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How can you install a submersible pump in an indoor well? All of the videos and stuff I have watched have 1" pipe to lower the pump into the well....

How do you know how deep your well is? Is there a way to test it?

Thanks for the info guys! I'm doing a lot of reading.
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What is the diameter of the well casing? Is there 1 or 2 pipes going down the well?
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I do not know the diameter of the well casing. Also I can only see 1 pipe coming out of the well cap. I haven't taken the cap off to inspect.
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A single pipe system with an above ground pump has a suction limit of about 25 feet. The well can be deeper than that but the water level can.t be more than 25 feet below the pump.
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How do you know how deep your well is? Is there a way to test it?
Ayuh,.... A fishin' line, 'n sinker,..?? a string, 'n a big ole nut,..??

Drop it down to water level, pull it out, 'n measure it,...
Drop it in down to the bottom(aka; slack line), pull it out, 'n measure,...

A submersible pump can be hung on 1" plastic line, the wire, 'n a rope to hold the weight,...
Just be sure to use a few torque arresters just above the pump to stop wear on the line, wire, 'n rope,....
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A single pipe system with an above ground pump has a suction limit of about 25 feet. The well can be deeper than that but the water level can.t be more than 25 feet below the pump.
Good news. I will measure it soon. I am trying to figure out exactly what I am going to do and get the stuff necessary before shutting off the water.
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A submersible pump can be hung on 1" plastic line, the wire, 'n a rope to hold the weight,...
Just be sure to use a few torque arresters just above the pump to stop wear on the line, wire, 'n rope,....
This sounds like something I would be interested in. Depending on how deep tthe well actually is.
Does anyone have a link to better reading on how to do this? Installing submersible pump and wiring it up etc.
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This sounds like something I would be interested in. Depending on how deep tthe well actually is.
Does anyone have a link to better reading on how to do this? Installing submersible pump and wiring it up etc.
Ayuh,.... Lotsa ways to do it on google,... 77,300,...
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Good news. I will measure it soon. I am trying to figure out exactly what I am going to do and get the stuff necessary before shutting off the water.

This sounds like something I would be interested in. Depending on how deep tthe well actually is.
Does anyone have a link to better reading on how to do this? Installing submersible pump and wiring it up etc.
First thing you need to do is determine the well diameter.
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