Cleaning the screen on a well pump involves the use of food grade phosphoric acid to dissolve debris, moulds and bacterial buildup. The process takes about two to three hours.Continue Reading
Switch off and remove the plug at the source of power. This ensures that you do not get exposed to an electrical hazard.
Look for the priming port opening of the well. This port is set just before the opening of the well. Open the port.
Pour in a teacup of granular phosphoric acid on the port opening. Sulfarmic or muriatic acid can also do the job. These acids can be found at food chemical stores.
Make sure that the priming port opening is closed.
Reconnect the power supply, and switch it on. Wait for at least two hours before proceeding with the next step.
Turn on one faucet that is outside of the house. The chemicals will dissolve the debris slowly and let them pass through the screen. Check to see if the water is dirty. Allow dirty water to flow out until it runs clear. Dirty water can be used to irrigate the garden or the potted plants.
Troubleshooting ideas for a well pump include checking the electrical system, ensuring the structural integrity of individual pump components and verifying that the well's depth-to-water ratio is compatible with the pump. Another easy troubleshooting idea is to check the piping to ensure that air is not getting into the system.Full Answer >
The pressure switch to a well pump may shut down a well or cause the water not to flow, especially if both the switch and a pressure tank are affixed to the system. Both parts can cause an over-circulation of water, which, in turn, shuts down a system. The shut-off measure is a safeguard in case a pipe breaks while water is being pumped from the well.Full Answer >
To treat well water with bleach, use a pump to clear the well of any dirty or cloudy water, and then add chlorine bleach to the well. This bleach is not found in the supermarket and must obtained from a professional who sells water treatment products.Full Answer >
To prime a well water pump, take out the fill and vent plugs of the pump, pour water in its housing, and reattach the vent plug. Position the fill plug, switch on the pump, and allow water to come out from the fill plug's edges. After tightening the fill plug, switch on the pump, and turn on the pressure tank's faucet.Full Answer >