Cant get pressure from well


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Old 02-01-07, 01:32 PM
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Cant get pressure from well

Have a deep well (145' at 4.5gallons) with a 1/2hp goulds pump.
It is supplying a large pressure tank that feed 3 trailers.

Woke up this morning at about 6 to find no water.
Went out and checked the system.
No leaks at the trailers.

When I tried to start the pump it would get to about 10psi and no higher.
It also starts by sounding like nothing is happening then you hear gulps and after a few seconds get water. Mixed in with the sound of the rushing water is a popping sound that reminds me of air is in the line.

As soon as I let go of the lever (on the tank) the pressure drops to 0psi.

Disconnected the outlet line from the tank and attached a shut off valve. Started the pump and got the same sounds then water spraying from the valve. I closed the valve and still could not get above 10psi.

I opened the valve and let go the lever (the pump cuts off) and put my hand to it and got a sucking. The pump has a check valve on it.

PLEASE do not tell me there is a burst pipe underground.
It is the middle of winter and no one will be able to dig.

Is it possible that the pump is just air locked or something?

I am waiting for an adapter so I can pull the pump.

Thanks for ANY information,
Mike
 
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Old 02-01-07, 06:07 PM
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What type of pump? Submersible or double drop tube jet pump. It sort of sound like you might be out of water in the well or there is burst pipe.
 
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The more info that you can give us. The sooner some one here can try and help you.
 
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Old 02-01-07, 07:19 PM
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sounds like the pipe is burst in the well ( i think this would cause the severe sucking when pump is shut off noise he hears)...and i suspect if the pipe is burst in the ground...it would have found its way to ground level and be spotted

of course this is just a guess
 
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Old 02-01-07, 07:23 PM
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it is a submersible pump.

Im in Maine. The lines are burried about 6' deep.

Mike
 
 

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