Godo morning, I am your leaking well pump  

MMDeveloper 36M
29 posts
8/28/2006 6:43 am

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8/28/2006 10:11 am

Godo morning, I am your leaking well pump

so yeah, a few days ago I increased the water pressure on my shallow-well pump for the house from like 35 to 48psi. I wake up this morning and happen to peer out my front door as I walked through the kitchen to see a geiser. On top of the pump where the pressure guage is, sprung a leak by cracking the threads on the PVC adaptor that the pressure guage is attached to, spewing pressurized water out like a firetruck. I have no idea how long it's been doing that and how long the pump has been running (I last looked at the pump at about 7pm the day before).

So I had to throw breakers on the deep well and shallow well pumps along with the hot water heater and turn off the icemaker in the freezer until I can go to town for parts.

One advantage of your wells running off of a natural flowing well is that when I dug and ran the underground piping, I incorporated a bypass valve that in the even of a power failure, I could switch off and on the valves and have just un-pumped water coming to the house under a flowing well pressure which is somewhere around 18psi (guessing). The only downside to that is that it's sulfur water and it doesn't pass through the aerator when doing this; it's solely a temporary solution so I can atleast brush my teeth or flush a toilet.

rm_AnOddGirl 58F
3469 posts
8/28/2006 8:00 am

Ahh it's the advantages of living Without running water!

I never knew how long I could live without it!


MMDeveloper 36M
70 posts
8/28/2006 10:11 am

yeah I'm thinking I should back down on the pressure to like 45psi cause I went and replaced the broken PVC fitting with a galvanized (metal) fitting, now it leaks on the next PVC fitting down the line heh so yeah.. too much pressure

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