I mentioned this in a post in the GM thread but thought I'd separate it out to get some notice and input from the collective brain trust here!
Over the 27 years we have lived here we have always had a whole house sediment filter on the water line for our well which is 125' deep. About every 2 months I need to change the filter, sometimes longer if I forget... and it will have a good amount of reddish sediment on it. The filter is right after the pressure tank (4 years old) which is right after the pressure switch (5 years old) which is just inside the basement wall where the water line enters from the well.
This past weekend i had the pleasure of replacing the pump (and wire) which had been in place for over 23 years. The water line, wire and rope were all the same age as the pump. Surprisingly (to me) there was no reddish sediment coating on anything that was hanging in the water - the old pump, the rope, the wire or the pipe. There was no reddish sediment build up inside the pitless adapter opening or the inside of the fittings on the pump end either.
Once the pump was replaced, and running, I flushed the lines for about 2 hours and changed the filter as there was a good bit of sediment visible through the clear filter housing and I hadn't crashed yet. I changed it again last night after 24 hours, it caught a lot of sediment. Pic is below. The filters work well for us, our laundered whites don't turn red!
I am thinking about raising the pump about 10' to see if it helps clear the water on an onging basis. Maybe i'd only have to change filters every 6 months instead of every two. Our neighbors just down the road have a similar well depth and don't have any of this type sediment in their filter. I've helped the elderly folks change it and after 6 months their filter looks new, they probably don't even need a filter. There is enough water column in my well pipe to do this, I hit water at about 80' with about 40+ feet of pipe to go in. As dry as it has been here this summer I am confident raising the pump 10' will not get us out of water anytime.
Anybody ever had to deal with something similar in their well by any chance? Thoughts on my line of thinking....sensible or crazy or I'm barking up the wrong tree on the source of the sediment?
I'm not looking to get another work for nothing gained in water quality since my self assessment in the mirror indicates my lat's are developed well enough at this point in my ancient existence (yes, i have low standards ). Although it wouldn't be as big a pain as pump replacement. I would have something rigged up to hang the pump rope on once raised so I could easily move the pitless adapter down on the poly the 10' without pulling everything all the way up.
2 hours on right and 24 hours on left.....