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irrigation well needs priming???

Posted By: greg
Saturday, 6 January 2001, at 4:07 p.m.

Hi, I live in central Florida, and we had a week long freeze warning. My irrigation well has 1" plastic piping coming out of the top of a 4" capped iron pipe. immediately after the plastic pipe comes out of the iron pipe, there is a air vent valve that is a ground-off brass water valve. then, after that, there is a check valve, then the pipe is teed to a 10 gallon reservoir with a bladder of some type inside for a water hammer buffer I suppose. From there, there is a water spigot followed by a shutoff valve before the 1" plastic pipe goes back underground to the irrigation solenoid valve bank. Although the well had been sputtering a bit when last used, ( its been sputtering for 3 months because of the lack of rainfall), it always watered the grass. Because of the deep freeze, I turned off the power to the well, opened the air vent valve to get the water down from the surface, and finally, I opened one of the irrigation zones for a moment so the water would drain from the pipe to underground.

Now that I'm trying to get it back on-line, the pump just makes a gurgling sound, and it would never satisfy the pressure valve. I've tried opening up the air vent valve, and did get some water to come out of italong with some air, but after 5 minutes, it never came out much at all.

I've even put the garden hose on the air valve and put some water into the pipe in attempt to prime it.

Am I ruining the pump, or is there another way to prime it? The well is about 2 1/2 years old, is about 130 feet deep and has always worked extremely reliably until now? Any advice?

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