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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-24-2019, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Help! Well pump questions?

I have a well at my cabin and want to put a pump in and just have a faucet outside to get water. It is a 6 inch pipe. The well is 58 ft deep with water starting at 30 ft. I have a used submersible pump with the pipe, wires and torque arresters on it. I had a plumber come to give me an estimate to install it. I have a shed right at the well and the electric is right there. I wanted to put the tank in the shed and drain it and not use it over the winter. He told me that I couldnít use a submersible pump because the well isnít deep enough, it has to be at least 80 ft. He said that the only pump that I could use was a deep well jet pump and that I would have to pull the 50 ft of pipe to drain them every fall and then put water in them in the spring to prime them to start back up. I donít want to have to do that. I was reading a couple places on line and it said you can use a submersible pump for Wells from 25 ft to 400 ft. Any thoughts or information would be greatly appreciated. Not sure how to go from here
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My sisters well is only 55 feet and she has no problems with a submersible pump, I would try it if it were me,

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I have a well at my cabin and want to put a pump in and just have a faucet outside to get water. It is a 6 inch pipe. The well is 58 ft deep with water starting at 30 ft. I have a used submersible pump with the pipe, wires and torque arresters on it. I had a plumber come to give me an estimate to install it. I have a shed right at the well and the electric is right there. I wanted to put the tank in the shed and drain it and not use it over the winter. He told me that I couldnít use a submersible pump because the well isnít deep enough, it has to be at least 80 ft. He said that the only pump that I could use was a deep well jet pump and that I would have to pull the 50 ft of pipe to drain them every fall and then put water in them in the spring to prime them to start back up. I donít want to have to do that. I was reading a couple places on line and it said you can use a submersible pump for Wells from 25 ft to 400 ft. Any thoughts or information would be greatly appreciated. Not sure how to go from here
Perhaps he wanted to sell you a pump?
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Thatís what I was thinking.
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I just had my old submersible replaced on 7/20/19. The new pump is a Goulds composite submersible pump, 1/2 hp, 230 volt unit, rated at 10 gpm. My well is 33 feet deep.
The pump was $359.00
With the extras I needed (Clamps and connecters), plus tax, the total came to $411.78

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I had a 18 ft dug well with a 220 submersible in it. Canít figure what that fella was telling you about the well not being deep enough.

I welded up a framed box and put my pressure tank down in the well also. ( above the water level of course ). At the old camp, I had a frost free hydrant in the yard that I could get water all winter, never had to drain anything. I had a 1 1/4 ď hydraulic hose coming out of the 70x14 trailer that plumbed the camp from April to November. Iíd blow the lines out every year mid November.

Got city water when I built my new place in 2009.
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The water to our cattle barn is from a 750 gal(I think) tank buried in the ground and only covered by 2-3ft of dirt. It is fed by a spring. We use a normal well pump and it is only 5 or 6 ft under water and might push water up another 20 to the pressure tank.
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Get another plumber, I just changed my submersible pump and it only has 25 feet of pipe on it,not sure how deep the well is, but the water level is 10 feet down from the top of the well casing.
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I have installed more than my share of pumps in my life and never heard that you cannot use a submersible under 80'. As a matter of fact you want a submersible in a situation like yours so that you don't need to spend your time priming the lines for start up.
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Most likely, the plumber did not to dig down 3 ft and do the work of installing a pit less adapter in order to properly bury the water line to the tank. I operate 16 wells with submersible pumps around two industrial facilities with well depths ranging from 35 feet to 300 feet. Some pumps are 220 volt others are 120 volt. Been running these pumps for 27 years. No problems!! I do not have check valves installed in any of these pumps due to potential freeze issues. When using a well tank, I would think a check valve is necessary.

Yes you can put a pump in your well at that depth.

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