Water Around Well Head

Old 03-02-14, 05:07 AM
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Water Around Well Head

A few facts to start. We have had a wet winter. My well is on the side of a pretty good slope. I live in SC. The supply line to the house comes directly from the top of the well and then goes below ground. Approximatey 18 inches of the pipe is above ground.

I noticed water seeping from under a small section of concrete at the top of my well head. I walked around the well and found a very wet and soggy section of dirt approximately 18 inches uphill from the well head. I dug down and found the ground to be saturated. Water is flowing more than a trickle, but not as if a hose is turned on.

I isolated the house from the well head by closing the shut off valve and watched the pressure gauge for 35 minutes. The system held pressure steady at 54psi. I then opened the valve and turned on a faucet in the house at approximately 20% in an attempt to simulate the approximate amount of water flow i see around the well head. I noticed a 1lb drop in pressure in 70 seconds. i believe this confirms that I have no leak from the well, but would appreciate any other ideas.

I have spoken with a well driller who has told me that it sounds like my well has gone artesian. Is this possible? Thank you,
Old 03-02-14, 07:50 AM
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An artesian well is where the source of the water, somewhere further away from your well, is at a higher elevation then your well head. This creates a situation where the water wants to rise up above your well head. So yes, this is very plausible, especially since you do not see a drop in pressure when you are not personally using any water.

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