Shallow well problem

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Old 05-25-14, 08:05 PM
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Shallow well problem

Old pump went bad, replaced it with a new one, would not draw water, Drove new sand point with new check valve, still would not draw water. Checked water level in pipe, 20 foot pipe, water is at 10 foot. Checked every connection to pump , all tight and sealed. Tried another new pump , still no water draw. Also tried putting a hose down pipe and connecting it to pump. Still no water draw. Any ideas??
 
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Old 05-25-14, 08:23 PM
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Did you try filling the pipe that goes down into the well with water ?
That pipe and pump should be full of water and then the pump should pick up the prime.
 
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Yes. The pump has to be filled and the intake pipe, too right to the check valve before the pump is turned on.

If the check valve is close to the pump, then you will have to leave the pump on until it starts to warm a little, then fill the pump and pipe again. It might take 5 or 10 times.

How do you know you don't have a leak on the intake side? Did you use the shaving cream test? If not, then you really don't know. Suction leaks are very hard to detect.
 
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Thank you for your help. Here is the end result took all day today. The 30 year old pump had the suction to draw 22 ft. the 2 new pumps a 3/4 hp and a 1 hp did not have( 2 Brands). Brought a 3/4 hp deep well pump with a shallow well conversion kit, , primed it and had water draw right away. No air leaks , good pressure. Moral of story don't assume because it is a new pump it will work, the new shallow pumps are not made for over 15 ft.even if they say 26 ft. If you have a problem like this one save yourself a 3 day headache. They just don't make pumps like they used to.
 
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Nothing is made like it used to be.

Thanks for the update
 
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