Shallow Well Help!!!


Old 02-04-14, 07:14 PM
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Unhappy Shallow Well Help!!!

ok, so a few weeks ago we had very cold temperatures and it froze my water pump that I had and completely busting the water pumps housing. Today, I put in an older water pump that was previously working (a myers shallow water pump). I hooked all of it up and started to prime the pump. while priming the pump it never seemed to catch the water but the water I was adding into it kept bubbling like it was wanting to catch but never did. so I turn the pump off and I decided to fill the pump up without anything on. I did that and turned it right back on and after I finished went inside and could hear air coming out of the back of the toilet, but no water ever came out. so I went back outside thinking maybe there wasn't enough water in the pump to fully make the water come to the house, so I added more. finally after doing that a few times, I gave up and went and got new pipe and replaced all the pipe above ground. after doing this I go back inside and finally drops of water starting coming out. I finally gave up. What would cause only a few drops of water to come out and not a pump doesn't have a pressure gauge on it. What do I need to do..any advice at this point would help...
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Old 02-04-14, 08:08 PM
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Sounds like you might have a split in the suction pipe down in the well or a broken foot valve keeping the pump from fully priming.

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Old 02-04-14, 08:19 PM
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Is this a single pipe shallow well ?

When you added water to the pump....... did it fill up or did it keep draining out ?
Like mnb mentioned..... it could be an issue with the pipe in the well or the foot valve.
Old 02-05-14, 06:15 AM
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You said you installed an old pump that was removed from service. You said it was working but why was that pump no longer being used? Maybe that pump was removed because it was worn out and not able to pump properly. Over time the impellers in pumps wear down which really hurts their ability to suck for priming. Once primed pumps tend to do better but drawing air during priming is really hard and demands a good working pump.
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