Friday, November 13, 2015

Filter System Solution for Collapsing Well

Hello David,

Thank you for contacting us through our website.  You wrote:
 

Have an inn in NY, well started sucking air & getting air hammers in faucets/toilets. Called plumber, he diagnosed well needed to be "hammered" (done the next day), problem tho, it's a gravel well. So hammer did nothing positive.
Real problem was broken (frozen) water pipe, out the back of house, feeding a trailer home, & blowing 3,000 gal water a day. 3/4 hp Variable speed pump was able to disguise the problem. Capped leaking pipe, well is slow recovery now, and has sand/silt that won't seem to go away. Plumbers' solution is/has been, drill deeper! Or New Well.
Gotta be another solution...?”

You can definitely get clean water and filter out the sand and sediment.  In some cases however, if your well is collapsing, or silting in, or filling in with sand, it can be a losing battle.  But we have had many customers over the years continue to use their wells for years with treatment systems in place.  If you  ever did have to replace your well, you can continue to use the filters for good measure.

Because it is a variable speed pump, centrifugal sand separators don’t work that well.  We would recommend a settling tank using an 80 gallon contact tank, followed by a Sediment Trapper, then a Sediment Backwash Water, followed by a 25/1  20” big blue filter. If there is still turbidity or cloudiness after that, we recommend a UF membrane as a final filter.



Tank, Contact Mixing 80 Gallon, 21” Diameter X 72” Tall                  

Contact Mixing 80 Gallon

Unlike Well Mate contact tanks rated for 75 PSI max, this tank is rated for 125 PSI.  1-1/2 inch inlet and out at TOP, plus DRAIN at bottom makes installation fast and easy.  These lightweight seamless totally non-corrosive retention tanks are ideal for new and replacement installation where durability is at a premium.

Features:  100% non-metallic polymer materials, impervious to chemical attack.  Choose 1", 1-1/4" or 1-1/2" threaded in-out connections for top.  Drain:  2" slip PVC at bottom.  No drain valve included, but is easy to set up with 2" PVC available from any plumbing supply or home depot store etc.  Easy installation and unmatched durability.

Dimensions:  21” Diameter X 72” Tall

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Vacuum Breaker, ½” mpt.
   


Vacuum Breaker


Vacuum breaker relief valve Watts 1/2" male 200 PSI maximum.
Required for contact and retention tanks to prevent vacuum in system and avoid imploding vessel.

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Sediment Trapper Filter, 1” ports, 60 mesh


Sediment Trapper Filter


The unique design of the sediment trapper element allows debris to settle in the bottom of the clear cover, trapping sediment away from the screen.

Great for removing large quantities of sediment. Includes 1/2" flush ball valve, but can be combined with the Rusco Auto-Flush Valve for automatic flushing.

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Sediment Backwash Filter 5900 – 1.5 Cubic Foot Size

Sediment Backwash Filter 5900

Excellent quality. Low maintenance.  Unlike filter cartridges which can trap sediment and dirt causing pressure drop these systems automatically backwash out trapped sediment alleviating pressure drop.
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1" or 3/4" pipe size with bypass valve included
10" x 54" tank; 1.5 cubic foot of media;
 



Sediment Post-filter:  Use this particulate filter to clean up sand, dirt and suspended solids after to the main treatment systems.

Whole-House Big Blue 50/5 Micron filter, 20” x 4.5



Whole-House Big Blue 50/5 Micron filter

Complete Big Blue Filter Assembly, 1” inlet and up to 20 gallons per minute maximum flow rate.  
- Excellent filter for cleaning and polishing all water for your home.  For prefiltration, you can use these two Big Blue 20” filters in parallel.
- Comes with wall mounting bracket, filter wrench, one 5 micron cartridge, and filter assembly.

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