What is a well screen?

If the bottom of the well is in sand and/or gravel, the well driller may install a well screen. The well screen is a metallic cylindrical sieve-like structure which is usually attached to the bottom of the well casing or other water intake areas.

What size pump is required to get the job done?

Well pumps are typically rated by their horsepower (HP). The size of the motor is calculated by how much work it has to do and how much demand you will have. If your well is 150 feet deep, but the pumping level is

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What is a pump screen?

A pump screen is a combination of a coarse stainless-steel shield and a fine screen that completely covers the pump. This disallows sand and gravel particulates from entering your water feed stream. This does slow the gallons per minute (GPM) of the pump while still allowing enough water to supply the house.

What is a pitless adaptor?

A pitless adaptor is a device that connects the well pump to the water lateral, which leads to the house. This adapter allows for a sealed, sanitary, connection located below the frost line for the purpose of servicing the

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Which pitless adaptor type do I have?

Although there are different designs of Pitless adaptors, their functions the same: most adaptors are made of brass and last the lifetime of the well; those which are made of steel may need to be replaced. Replacement

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Do I need to chlorinate my well?

Chlorination has been used for years to eliminate bacteria, iron, and other deposits from wells. If your well tests positive for fecal coliform or E. coli, you need to chlorinate your well. The presence of fecal coliform

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How do I chlorinate my well?

The process of chlorination hasn’t changed that much over the years, but the chlorine products and the tools to measure concentration (in parts per million (ppm)) have. Currently, test strips are used to ensure that a

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What is the difference between a two- and three-wire pump?

To the end-user, both two- and three-wire pumps do the same job. Well pumps are induction motors that require a start-and-run capacitor. A two-wire pump includes these components as part of the pump motor. A

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Can I convert my two-wire pump to a three-wire pump system?

A three-wire pump requires three wires from the source (usually the house) to the well casing. If you don’t currently have three wires, they can be installed.

My well inspection failed because of my well cap; what is a vermin-proof cap?

You can fail a well inspection because of an old well cap or seal. New well caps are vented but are bug proof; old caps didn’t always seal well and bugs - such as earwigs - can enter the well and contaminate the water supply.

How does a constant pressure system differ from the standard system?

A constant pressure system uses a motor controller that runs the well pump at varying speeds, depending on water usage demands. A standard system has a 20 psi window for replenishing water used. As water is used, the tank pressure

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My well is old and the well pump installer detected a lot of silt/clay in the bottom which he says is plugging my well pump. Can I clean my well?

There are a couple of things that can be done to help this:

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Can my existing well be drilled deeper?

If the current well does not have a well screen (see below for “what is a well screen?”) it typically can be drilled deeper.

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What is a well screen?

If the bottom of the well is in sand and/or gravel, the well driller may install a well screen. The well screen is a metallic cylindrical sieve-like structure which is usually attached to the bottom of the well casing or other water intake areas.

What is a pump screen?

A pump screen is a combination of a coarse stainless-steel shield and a fine screen that completely covers the pump. This disallows sand and gravel particulates from entering your water feed stream. This does slow the gallons per minute (GPM) of the pump while still allowing enough water to supply the house.