Well pump problems after power failure

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Old 08-13-20, 03:20 AM
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Well pump problems after power failure

A recent storm knocked out our power for a week. We didn't have any water when it came back on. I discovered the copper line going to a small electrical box was plugged with sediment. The gauge wasn't working either because of gunk blocking the hole.

Pressure was reading 44 psi after I cleaned things up but the pump would run continuously. If I turned off the single pole switch and turned it back on the pump would remain off. A day later there's no pressure and water just trickles from the faucet.

There's a large plug on a valve body on top of the pump. Water sprays everywhere when I loosen that. Once I tighten it back up and start the pump I'll have about 10 psi but it quickly drops to zero. The pump goes from a nice humming
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I forgot to mention a small plug that I attempted to remove on the opposite side of the valve body. It fell right out when I turned it.

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You have a 2 pipe jet pump that may have lost its prime due to the power outage. See following website for restoring the prime. https://inspectapedia.com/water/Prim...mp_by_Hose.php
 
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I've taken the plug out a bunch of times. First it was dry and I could add water to prime the pump. Now when I remove the plug it's full with water in there. Not sure what to do next.

What about the small plug that broke off? What's the significance of that port? There's some seepage but no water is blasting out for now.
 
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