Replacing sediment filters more often

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Old 03-19-18, 06:58 PM
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Replacing sediment filters more often

I have lived here for two years and during the first 1.5 years I only changed the filters once (two of them, 30 micron and a 5).

In the last 6 months, the frequency has increased, to the point I am marking it on the calendar. The last set of filters clogged in 13 days.

I am not running out of water, no issues there, just picking up more sand / sediment.

I live in a very Sandy area. It is a drilled well. No idea how deep it is. I am pretty handy.

My idea would be to raise the pump up a couple inches to see if that changes anything.

Any thoughts?
 
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Old 03-19-18, 08:03 PM
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It is a drilled well.
Drilled with a steel casing ?

Could be the casing is compromised.
Possibly the water level has dropped causing the bottom to be stirred up.
There isn't always a cut and dry answer.
 
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Old 03-20-18, 03:06 AM
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Yes, has steel casing.

Totally understand the no cut and dry answer.

However, is there anything I can do myself?

Or is it time to contact a well professional to have it inspected.
 
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Old 03-20-18, 06:27 AM
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If you have a steel casing it is possible the casing has rusted through. If it has rusted through a well drilling company can sleeve the casing with pvc/plastic. In my area it's less than $500 but the price depends on how deep your casing is and how deep the well is.
 
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Old 03-24-18, 04:21 PM
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Ok, so, my backyard has two well heads. I wrongly assumed that the larger, steel cased one was the "newer" one and the one being used. After some snow clearing, and some investigating, I have come to find out the the steel cased one is inactive.

The one in use, is white PVC . It's about 4" across(I can get my hand down).

I would like to adjust the pump up a couple inches. How do I do that? There's withing running down, and a rope as well.

The well depth appears to be around 40-60 feet deep. With some sort of attachment halfway down ( I assume that's where the water goes in).

Any help is appreciated.
 
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Old 03-24-18, 04:53 PM
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The coupling that connects the submersible well to the side of the casing is called a pitless adapter. The pump is actually hanging on that. There is usually a pipe coming up from that fitting that is capped off. This would be the lift point or pull pipe. That piece of pipe gives you a firm way to control unhooking the pump and reconnecting it. With just a rope... the pump will swing around. Very hard to recouple it.

Usually this adapter is just below the frost level of the property. Several feet down. It may appear to be half way down but it shouldn't be that low. Be sure you have have manpower when pulling the pump up. You will need to pull the pump and line up until the pitless fitting comes out of the top of the casing. Then you will have to assess how to shorten the pipe. It may not be as easy as just cutting the pipe shorter and gluing a coupler on.

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Thanks for the quick reply.

Although I'm pretty handy, I think I'm at the point of calling a plumber / well expert and at least getting a quote / opinion of the exact problem.

I'll post the findings of the professional when one arrives.

Thanks again.
 
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Old 03-24-18, 05:49 PM
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Something is not clear.
You say your filters "clogged in 13 days " but also say "I am not running out of water.
If you are not experiencing a pressure drop are you just concerned about the sediment the filter is picking up?
The normal way to know if a sediment filter needs changing is by the pressure drop across it.
A gauge on either side of the filter(s) would help you determine that.
Your 5 micron filter should also be downstream of the 25 micron so you don't have to replace it as often.
 
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