Another well question, left the hose on.

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  1. AshleyB

    AshleyB Well-Known Member

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    We accidentally left the hose on last night from about 9pm until 7 am this morning when we discovered it. The faucets were not working and the toilets were not flushing. Dh called a well drilling company and they said to turn of the circuit for the pump. I did this at about 8:30. He said to leave it off for a few hours and we should have water then. I just flipped the circuit, and still no water. It is supposed to rain heavily this afternoon, but we all know how that goes. When you need the rain the worst, it doesn't come. Is there anything else I can or should do?
     
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    Wait 3 days. Do NOT keep flipping the circuit breaker. At the end of the 3 days, go to the pressure tank. There ought to be a little metal lever near the pressure switch, flip that to prime. If you get water, sing hosannas.

    Can anyone tell I've done this WAY too often? Most submersible pumps have an internal cutoff that prevents overheating. They then need to be restarted manually.

    Give the well time.
     

  3. AshleyB

    AshleyB Well-Known Member

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    Should the circuit be turned on or off while I wait the three days?
     
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    Is this a submersible pump or an above ground jet? Makes a big difference as to the restart.
     
  5. AshleyB

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    I have no idea. I really don't know much of anything about wells. All I can tell you is how it looks. It is in the front yard and is a big round concrete cylinder with a cement top. Someone told me it is a more shallow well as opposed to a deeper well where the thing that sticks out of the ground is much skinnier.

    Please excuse my ignorance, I am new to all of this. Does that help?
     
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    Tell me this, is the pump down in the water or is the pump mounted above ground?
     
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    The only thing I see above the ground is the cement cylinder and cement lid. Would I have to take the lid off to see if the pump is above the ground?
     
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    whats the 3 days all about? do things recharge that slow where you are?
     
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    how does this switch prime the pump?
    ASHley send post pictures of the well and pumpsetup if ya can!
    LOL reminds me of the wanted good woman joke!
     
  10. agmantoo

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    Take the lid off and look! Where is the tank located? Look at that location also for a pump and motor.
     
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    You are a lucky person....you have agmantoo helping you. This guy really knows what he is doing around wells and pumps! He has singlehandedly helped more folks on this page save thousands and thousands of dollars.
    My hat's off to him!
    clove
     
  12. AshleyB

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    Okay, the lid is off and the pump is down in the water, and yes, I can see some water down at the bottom.
     
  13. AshleyB

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    The tank is in the utility room I think, it's blue and says well-x-troll on it. All I see in the well is a pipe and a yellow electric line going down into the water.
     
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    ok, the thingy next to your pressure guage with the spring is the pressure switch. A lot of these for submersible pumps have a little lever----hard to tell since the top is off of yours---that you lift if the pump has stopped of its own free will, to cause the pump to prime.

    I would wait 'cause it's really hard on the poor pump to make it run without water there since most of these guys are water cooled. Also, they suck really hard and the well could just run dry again. Waiting never killed anyone.
     
  16. titansrunfarm

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    yes, Agmantoo helped me out with my pump a while back, def. knows stuff. Looks like a submersible pump from here. Agmantoo...whatcha say?
     
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    OK quick question for you Well experts, look at those pictures, that water well has a CEMENT casing, WHY??

    I've seen wells with Plastic pipe, stone, brick, but cement???
     
  18. davaseco

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    She doesn't say where she is located. But in my experience, in CA. a LOT of wells had cement casings. Especially if the hole was bigger than the standard 6" diameter....usually more suited for a deepwell system. but this is just MY experience.
     
  19. Bearfootfarm

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    They just use cement "culvert" tiles instead of plastic pipe. Its pretty common in shallow wells with a large diameter. Ive seen lots of them, especially on older wells
     
  20. AshleyB

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    Bumping for Agmantoo.