old pump broken off in well


Old 05-04-10, 05:27 PM
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old pump broken off in well

I recently had my well pump fail. I had a plumber come out and try to remove the old one but it was stuck. After getting about 80 feet of pipe out the pump broke off.
The plumber said he would push it back down and install a new 3" pump and I should be fine.
The problem is that I now have very low water volume. I havnt been able to clear the water up because it runs out so fast and I have to wait for it to fill again. The plumber believes there is a lot of rust & sediment that has packed into the casing and is slowing the water infiltration to the new pump.

Any suggestions?
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Old 05-05-10, 07:38 AM
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I hate to be the one with the bad news but, you need a new well.
Old 05-05-10, 08:32 PM
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The old pump can be fished out. Tell the plumber to leave the well alone and get a well guy out there.

Depending on the type of well, and what part of the pump or pipe that is looking up, it can be fished out.

If the pump is just stuck, and that broke the pipe, your well is plugged up with the old pump.
Pushing it down may work and it may make it worse.
It would depend on how you well was drilled.

Is it in rock?
Is it in sand?
Is it a straight wall well?
Is it a two string well?

With the plumber using a 3" pump, I am going to assume you have a 4" well.

Why he would try a 3" pump makes no sense, unless he knew it was plugged with the old pump, and the well would not produce any usable amount of water.

You MAY not need a new well.
Call a well guy that has been in business for at least ten years. Im not saying he would know how to remove the pump, but the chances are better he should.

There is not much that can't be retrieved out of a well,
with the proper knowledge.

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