Well Pump low pressure added bleach water

Old 06-09-11, 08:37 PM
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Well Pump low pressure added bleach water

Have Submerged well 5 years old 2 inch. last 3 months slowly losing water pressure. Have air coming from each faucet when first turned on anytime during day only lasting a few seconds with water then water only very low pressure one third of what typically is.

I checked bladder 10 psi charged to 24 psi. causing noticeably more air to come from faucets when turned on first time.

Next day at well casing where the 220 V cables enter top, had air & water bubbling not flowing nor a stream just bubbling. I added a mixture of half gallon bleach to 3 gallons water then followed with another 3 gallons of water.

Water pressure increased 10% for 2 minutes then no water. Pump seems to have stopped. I did not turn power off when adding bleach water. no bubbles or any water flow present, have turned breaker off.

waited one hour turned breaker on and now have water. Still have bubbling at well casing, water pressure still a third of normal but flowing!

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Last edited by rbeas; 06-09-11 at 09:24 PM. Reason: now havw some water
Old 06-10-11, 05:24 AM
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Is your well actually 2 inches in diameter? That's unusual for a residential water well that has a submersible pump. Is there any way you can post a picture of your well head?

The pressure in your pressure tank will change during use. With the well pump turned off, open a faucet until the water stops flowing, then check the air pressure in the tank. What do you have? Then do the same procedure a day later and see if the pressure changes.

I'd say the chlorine has nothing to do with your water pressure/flow problem. Specifically how & where are you adding the chlorine to the well? Are you removing a little cap or plug at the well head or opening the spigot (if you have one)?

It sounds like you have a leaking pipe or fitting somewhere. If you don't see any signs of a water leak anywhere else like water bubbling up in the yard then I suspect the piping in the well, especially since you say you have air & water bubbling at the well head.

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