How to gain more PSI and/or water output from a well?

Re: How to gain more PSI and/or water output from a well?

PostBy: dcrane On: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:15 am

fifthg wrote:you can "frac" the well with a stick of dynamite.Have an experienced well driller with a blasting license do this for you.a small charge,strategically placed in the hole can fracture the surrounding rock strata without collapsing the hole,


someone had also mentioned some kind of tablets that clear out the area also? im not sure the public can buy them or what they are called or or if they are safe (or would they contaminate my valuable veggies :cry:
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Re: How to gain more PSI and/or water output from a well?

PostBy: steamup On: Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:52 pm

You have to be careful about getting something for nothing. A 2" well inside the house sounds like a minimal item.

Let's start with the orange color. Chemical/mineral contaimination could be the cause. Iron bacteria could be the cause. I have iron bacteria in my well and simply filter the water. They are difficult little suckers to deal with and a good chlorine treatment to the well can help. Put in a jug of bleach, let it sit 24 hours and pump the well until clear.

As far as getting more flow from the well, if that is your problem, that could be difficult. I have never heard of the dynamite routine as not too many people have the insurance for it. Around here, I have head of air pressure and dry ice as a method. Another method on older wells is to surge them with a plunger using a drilling rig. However your options inside the house are limited. I wouldn't want some blasting a well inside of my house. Chemical treatment would only work if bacteria were the cause.

So, get your water tested to see if you have a problem with bacteria.

Now a more likely solution is an intermediate tank. Get a plastic ag tank and separate pump. Use the well pump to fill the tank and then a separate water pump to sprinkle the garden.

Another problem you might be having is line size. I did not see you list the size of the line. A 3/4" line will be limited to 5 gpm and a 1" line to about 10 gpm. A little more can be shoved through but at a much higher pressure loss. Not knowing how much your total sprinkler flow is makes it difficult to know what to compensate for.

IF you want a deluge like in the movies, you better plan on some big (and expensive) equipment. Most residential equipment is more like a misting system and takes some time to soak the ground.

So, break your problem down into two parts - supply and distribution. Each one will limit the other.

Good Luck!
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Re: How to gain more PSI and/or water output from a well?

PostBy: CoaLen On: Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:42 pm

From the "kill-the-squirrels" thread:
dcrane :
the big wetland puddle right behind the shed...

:idea:
What's the chances of digging this area out and pumping the "pond" water back to your garden? ;)
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Re: How to gain more PSI and/or water output from a well?

PostBy: rberq On: Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:06 pm

CoaLen wrote:From the "kill-the-squirrels" thread:
dcrane :
the big wetland puddle right behind the shed...

:idea:
What's the chances of digging this area out and pumping the "pond" water back to your garden? ;)

Good suggestion. A dug well, lined with tile, can be relatively cheap to install, and if there's a lot of groundwater in the area you'd probably have more than enough water. Or depending on the puddle, some kind of filtered intake could work without the expense of an actual well.
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Re: How to gain more PSI and/or water output from a well?

PostBy: Rigar On: Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:50 pm

...i would not build a pond tho....you"ll go from squirrels to beavers in no time ! :D
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Re: How to gain more PSI and/or water output from a well?

PostBy: dcrane On: Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:12 pm

Rigar wrote:...i would not build a pond tho....you"ll go from squirrels to beavers in no time ! :D


HaHaha.... ok that was hilarious for those who get it!

The wetland area is very close to the garden in question BUT... their is no elec. near either. The wetland is downslope from the garden obviously (maybe 50' away and a drop of about 10-20' i think). open to idea's :idea:
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Re: How to gain more PSI and/or water output from a well?

PostBy: steamup On: Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:46 pm

Forget the well. Pipe your house/building gutters into 55 gallon plastic barrells or ag tanks. Pump from there to the garden. Then you can also declare yourself "green".
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