replacing a well pump
Posted May 17 2010 - 1:04 PM
Posted May 17 2010 - 1:39 PM
Posted May 17 2010 - 2:50 PM
to many things that could go wrong.
Posted May 17 2010 - 2:56 PM
Make sure you tie some rope to the pump and ties it back off to the well head for the next guy. Double clamp if you can.
By the way, the replacement pump I used was about $1500.00
Posted May 17 2010 - 2:57 PM
Posted May 17 2010 - 5:45 PM
Being handy helps, it might reduce your bill some when you help a pump/well guy troubleshoot your flow problem and repair it.
There are too many things you need to have one or two of, that I couldn't list it.
Find your well, follow the piping from the well into your house. Check every valve for open. You do need to know where everything is and how to shut it off.
Posted May 18 2010 - 6:52 AM
Posted May 18 2010 - 8:13 AM
It's at the bottom of the well (150' feet). My pressure is good throughout the house. My problem is output (gallons per minute). Since day one, It's been slowwwww. I'm assuming that I have a 1/2hp pump down there, and I'd like to install a bigger one so that I can expand irrigation and etc...
Next question, anyone know what a fair price would be to swap out a pump (labor)?
Posted May 18 2010 - 8:54 AM
Posted May 18 2010 - 9:42 AM
He could have the well tested to get a handle on the wells output.
When I bought the new house they tested mine with a sonar type sounding machine. It was about a 4 hour test where they tracked the decline in the water level.
Posted May 18 2010 - 12:15 PM
Went to see the whatfixer.
Posted May 18 2010 - 3:24 PM
Before you replace the pump, get a copy of the flow report so you know what size pump to get. Around here, the health department is where to get a copy of your homes well report.
Posted May 19 2010 - 3:02 PM
My well pump died last summer and I had NO idea what was involved. I called in a pro and helped him do it also. If your pump is over 100' down, there is no way you are pulling that black pipe up by yourself with a rope. Also replacing the wiring down along the outside to the pump. It is a heck of a job left to someone with the correct tools and experience to do it right.
Berkeley Striper Club
Seaside Park, NJ
Posted May 20 2010 - 12:23 PM
If you seriously decide to do it yourself, let me know, i'll write up some advice, but the first and last things will be to hire a pro.
Posted May 21 2010 - 10:19 AM
But, I'll just share one bit that might help. I did this years ago with my uncle (plumber). It was my first day working with him. There is a holder of sorts that sits in a bracket at the top of the well and we could not for the life of us budge it. We were about to go rent a puller when I tried using the scissor jack from the truck and that worked beautifully. I won the golden wrench award for that one. Anyway, just a thought in case you run into similar trouble.