A couple weeks ago I had a pretty good snow storm with strong winds and power was out for three days at my house. After power restoration I began having water issues.
I live in a wetland area, even though my property somehow is not listed as such, but I am within spitting distance of "The Burton Wetlands".
I have a 1/2 horsepower jet pump in my basement with built in pressure switch set at 30-50 psi. My pressure tank is in very clean condition and working fine. The pump is 13 years old and has only one hose feeding from the well, which from my investigation means if it was properly applied my well should be 30 feet or less deep. (Have I mentioned my property is usually wet and muddy?) This pump has worked fine for the two years I have been here.
I suspect that possibly during the power outage the hose from the well may have froze and split? Where the hose enters my basement it is only about 30 inches below grade.
I can hear the pump introducing air into the system along with the water. I get the subsequent spraying out of faucets off and on as I use the water. I can feel the air pass in the pump discharge hose with my hand. There is no evidence of water leaking from the pump as might be seen with an impeller shaft seal failure.
As the air passes through my hot water tank and other lines I end up getting rusty patches of water that usually clears up shortly.
When the pump satisfies the pressure switch it seems to jump hard when it shuts off, didn't used to do that.
It doesn't seem to run out of water completely and doesn't seem to need to run any longer than it used to to satisfy the switch.
Also the pump does turn on about every 1-1/2 -2 hours now even with no usage, never did before and no apparent leaks in the house.
Actions thus far.
I made up a clear section of hose to try and splice to the pump suction side to try and witness air coming from the well and differentiate whether the pump was the problem or not. Try as I might I could not break the bond of the plastic well pipe from the nipple on the pump. I need to bring home a hacksaw and a heat gun if I am going to get that on there.
I contacted the largest and best equipped water well service company in my area. They sent out two youngsters who were nice enough but they immediately told me I needed my well rehabilitated, which this company was well equipped to perform. I described all the above to the yutes but this was their opinion. They tested nothing while they were there, only observed.
I made arrangements with their boss for the well service for April 4th and had to coordinate with the power co to remove my overhead service and restore it later that day. The wires were three feet from the well head. I texted this guy quite a bit and even he began wondering about the foot valve or a cracked pipe. (wish they had checked SOMETHING when they were here) I told him I had a small backhoe but didn't have the supplies or experience to succeed in the short period of time I would have this time of year (still freezing up in here).
Questions for my favorite crew!
I was contemplating changing the pump to see if I get lucky. Do you think it could be introducing air even though it is not leaking externally?
Chances are, if I try to excavate to the well to look for a leaking hose I will likely hook the dang thing with the hoe tooth. Is there anything special the pro's use to couple the hose where it enters the well casing?
Do any of you agree with my thought that the well is able to keep up since I do not run out of water and air gets introduced right away and constantly even if I wait 24 or more hours before I use it again?
If the well is slugded up wouldn't it suck dry and take time to recover?