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How do I increase the water pressure in my house? I have a well and holding tank and I guess I have to add air to my tank??

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    Having good water pressure is something everyone wants in their home. However, it can be difficult to get the right amount to pressure from a water well. I think the best thing to do is to call in a plumber and see what they can do or think will work to improve the pressure.http://www.haigmenzel.com.au/plumbing-se...

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Here is a tip that will explain how to adjust that pressure switch, there also are other tips attached to the bottom of this one that will answer other questions also...Water wells and water pumps are great but do take some maintenance...

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It sounds like your water holding tank needs air. You could just add some air and see if that helps. The proper way is to shut the power off going to the pump. Next open up a spigot until there is no water coming out. Then close the spigot. Now check the air pressure in the tank. Water tanks come with a tire valve installed, so all you need is a tire pressure gauge. There should be a label on the tank that will tell you how much the air pressure should be. As I recall, it should be around 38 lbs. But, that would depend on the pressure switch that is installed on your pump. A common one used is 40/60. To add air use an air compressor with a tire chuck. You could also use a bicycle pump. When the tank is at the correct pressure turn the power, going to the pump, back on. That's it. Additional info: Your tank should have an air valve located somewhere on the tank, usually on top. You add air the same way you add air to a tire. Through the air valve. If there is no valve, consider replacing the tank with a tank that does have a valve.

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Hi, W/D here.
The tank has to have an air cushion in it for the water to be delivered as water is not compressible. Ideally, the water is expelled from the tank without air leaving the tank, and then the pump starting to refill the tank. The air in the tank is supplied either by an air bladder installed in the tank, or by an air injection system where a little air is injected into the tank every time the pump runs and shuts off.
A little leak at the pump is not a big deal, but should be capped off or the faucet repaired/replaced at your earliest convenience. Ideally, the water level in the tank should be closer to 80%; so if you have an air injection system, you might let a little air out of the tank (if you have a top valve), and this might cure your cycling problem. With the tank level as is, you are probably getting some air in your lines into the house. If you have an air bladder in the tank, the required pressure of the bladder, with no water in the tank should be on a sticker located at the schrader valve on the top of the tank (A schrader valve is similar to the air inlet valve on a bicycle tire). The ones I am familiar with are set around 28-29 psi. If you have an air injection system, it may need to be replaced. If the costs are close, I would elect to go with a bladder tank, as I've found that they eliminate many of the problems associated with the air injection type.
Fix or cap the faucet so you have no leaks showing at the pump or tank. Catch the pump running, and wait for it to shut off. When it does, close the discharge valve to the house and wait. You may need to trip the breaker for the pump. Watch the pressure gauge. If the pressure falls, the problem is with the well, and you may need to pull the inside well supply line from the casing and make repairs at the foot. My experience has been that it is better to replace the leathers, jet valve and foot valve all at once than to hope they hold if I repaired only one part.
If the gauge holds after 10 minutes, open the valve. If the pressure falls, the problem is on the house side of the valve.
Resolve any issues on the well before checking further, as that's where most well problems originate.
Adjust your tank level and pressure. If the pump continues to cycle, you may need to replace your pressure switch.
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Sounds like the bladder is gone or inproper air pressure in water storage tank.

Bladder goes bad check it out with step 1
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One way to check for sure with everything hooked up. The air valve on top of the tank if pressed you will get water out of the valve which should be only air. This will let you know it should replaced.

If Tank bladder is low in air and not water coming out.

2-If it checks ok put an air gauge to tank to check the air pressure, with a standard 40 gal tank you will have 28 psi of air in tank for it to function properly.

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No water coming out of my filter faucet.


Okay.

Here is what I would suspect at this point:
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- Incorrect air pressure in tank, or

- Clogged filters

To check air pressure:
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Empty tank and check pressure -- it should be 7 PSI.

Note: There is a rubber bladder in the tank in which the water is stored -- if this bladder is ruptured, the air pressure in the tank will not hold.

So, adjust air pressure, try system again. If it works for a while and then stops, empty tank and check air pressure for 7 PSI.

Clogged filters?
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If the system doesn't work when tank pressure is adjusted, empty tank and check pressure again. If pressure is still 7 PSI, then replace filters.

If tank pressure is not 7 PSI at this juncture, it's probably a ruptured bladder and the tank will have to be replaced. But before you take that tack we should "talk" again.


Please let me know the results...

thanks

Charlie

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P.S. I'm assuming you have adequate water pressure on your household system. You're not noticing a drop in pressure anywhere else in the house -- is that correct?

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