Water Pressure, Residential Well

Active 3 Replies 238 Views 2018-06-30 09:34:02 Plumbing

Let me start by saying I know I effed this whole thing up and I am also aware that I am asking a lot. So many thanks in advance for ANY advice.


Quick rundown.


Bought house (6+ years ago), water tested positive E. Coli. during inspection, forced a UV install pre-sale.


Had 10 month old when I moved in.


Crushed 6 mo. reno in 2 mos. Barely made it for move-in (wife back to work/nanny install)

Knew (know) little to nothing about water filtration/treatment (nyc, turn spigot and go)


Took existing system (???) and added way too many filters etc. (new Dad, overblown protective instinct)


My well tested at 30-35 gpm at inspection. I replaced the pressure tank w/ same size, added 2 whole house filters, plus the UV, and stretched out the existing system.


My pressure has always sucked and I am finally tired of it and ready to fix it.


Right now I have it jacked up to like 80-90psi out of the tank( and it still sucks), doesn't seem like a great long term plan.


I have tried researching what my best course of action would be, but I have a lot of chit going on down there and am getting a little confused.


System as it exists:

Submersible to

pressure tank to

fiber whole house filter to

chlorine injection to

(2) holding tanks to

AC whole house filter to

(2) smaller AC filter units to

water softener to

UV light...............................to (3) (yes 3) hot water heaters and a vicious maze of apparently HO installed pipe.


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Darco replied
10 Months

Water Pressure, Residential Well

I can help you figure it out but it's going to require a lot of questions. Are you up to the task?

Anthony_Burke replied
10 Months

Water Pressure, Residential Well

My septic is an older homemade concrete tank 16" from my foundation and approx 60 feet from my well, which is only 80' deep. My field is at least 50 years old and in need of replacement, but considering how codes have changed, it's going to cost a fortune. I flushed and cleared it by hand and am waiting to figure out (and afford) a solution.


The well is only 10' from my house and my property is surrounded by creeks, streams, and technically and literally in a flood plain.


I had just considered killing the chlorine but now I'm thinking twice.


When I flush the holding/retention tanks (very rarely, once a year...if that), I see no evidence of iron sediment. It seems as if the first whole house sediment filter is catching most or all of it. I change it every three months and it is pretty loaded with iron.


Won't the UV take care of any bacterial problems?


With (2) whole house and (2) smaller filters, I am definitely overfiltered, right????


Also, I often fill and leave 5 gal. buckets from my outside hose, which is pre-filtration and notice no signs of iron.


I'm just going to get a good water test done and go from there.


I'm going to give figuring it out on my own a good effort before I call in some favors.


Can't thank you guys enough for the help. I know some would prefer I just call in the big guns and write a check. I could. But I find I learn much more about the things I am responsible for if I fight it out a bit.


Hamid_Jarebean replied
10 Months

This is a very simple problem to address. Your system needs to be sized properly. Period.


Forget getting rid of anything, that's just guessing and throwing darts.


In the world of professional plumbing we take current water pressure vs demand and design a system that meets the requirements.

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