Well tank needs replacing?

Old 10-19-04, 06:36 AM
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Well tank needs replacing?


I recently sold my house and the home inspector said the well tank needs to be replaced? I'm curious as to how he determined this?

I believe the plumbing in the house (c.1814) was renovated in 1993. The tank is a Well-X-Trol and the pressure guage was reading about 42 last night when I looked at it. I don't know what size it is or what the cut-in/out gpm, etc the system is.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Old 10-19-04, 07:40 AM
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If the inspector depressed the valve core on top of the tank and water came out, he would know that the bladder was bad and the tank would need to be replaced.
Also, he may have shut the pump off, drained the tank and checked the precharge. If there was no precharge pressure in the tank, again, he would know that the tank may be bad.
Check it yourself by these same methods.
Watch the pressure gauge when the pump starts and stops. This would be cutin and cutout pressures. The correct precharge for the tank is 2 psi less than the pump cutin pressure.
Old 10-22-04, 07:08 AM
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Thanks for the info, Ron!

I depressed the valve on top and just got air. Not sure if the home inspector drained the tank or not...but the buyers now believe it to be bad, so they're having us replace it. Oh well.

I got a quote of $850 for the replacement...does that sound in the ballpark?

Thanks again,

Old 10-22-04, 07:13 AM
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Sure sounds high to me . Id call around Get 3 bids on it.


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