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Did you know that nearly 12% of all U.S households rely solely on well water? In other words, these homeowners don’t get their water from a municipality, but instead pump water straight from the ground. Do you want to join them?
The installation of a well pump isn’t as complicated as one may think. With the help of a few tools, some patience, and this article, it can be a smooth process. Keep reading to learn how to install a well pump and pressure tank!
Let’s dive in.
1. Tools and Materials Needed
You can’t start a project without having the proper equipment. Before you begin to install a well pump and pressure tank, you’ll need to gather your tools and materials for the job.
Here are a few things that you’ll need to get started:
- Isolation valves
- PVC connectors
- Pipe wrenches
- Plumber’s tape
- Tire gauge
- Extra fittings
The last thing you’ll want to do is find yourself needing these items in the middle of the installation process, so make sure you get your hands on them ASAP.
2. Digging the Well
This part is always the most labor-intensive, but in many cases, you can hire a professional to do the task. Of course, this costs money, so if you want to save you can do the digging yourself with a special well drilling machine.
You’ll likely have to apply for a permit no matter which route you take, so make sure to talk to an expert and have inspections taken care of before you start to dig.
3. Installing the Well Pump
After you dig the well, you need to install the well pump. You’ll need pipes of a proper length to reach the water source at the bottom of the well. Then, you’ll want to make sure you have a pump that’s strong enough to pull the water from underground (1/4 to 1/2 horsepower is the usual standard for households).
Make sure the pump is placed on a balanced base that is sturdy enough to hold the pump. You’ll also want to make sure the pump is fastened down with screws.
4. Installing the Pressure Tank
The pressure tank may seem a bit offputting with all of its complex connections, but it’s not all that difficult. This is especially true when you follow the pressure tank guide that comes with your pressure tank.
Make sure to pay close attention to the wires to you don’t cross them up and damage the pump (also, please turn off the electricity to the well before you start!). Also, make sure you have the correct PVC funnels and connectors to fit the tank.
5. Testing the System
The last thing to do is to make sure the system works. After letting the PVC glue dry, turn the electricity back on and you should hear the pump drawing water into the tank. Check to see for any leaks on the pipes, and make sure the water stops filling the tank after the limit has been reached.
And there you have it! You’ve just finished installing a well pump and pressure tank, and clean water is headed your way. If you want to learn more about this business, do some extra research and find out just how much there is to know about well pumps. You’ll be glad you did!
You’ve Learned How to Install a Well Pump and Pressure Tank
Now that you know how to install a well pump and pressure tank, you’ll be able to start getting freshwater that you can enjoy using and drinking. Do you want to learn other ways you can improve your home ad health? Check out the rest of our page to see what other impressive facts you can find!