another plumbing question
Thanks for the info, I will pass it along. There is one large tree in the yard that is probably close enough to cause problems, but I have no idea the type. There are also lilac bushes on both sides of the sewer lateral. I know lilacs have pretty extensive roots from the ones I have removed, just don't want to tell her that because I know who will be removing them.....
I know you got this figured out R-C, but for everyone here, anytime your well pump takes less than 60 seconds to fill the pressure tank, you have a problem. ALL submersible motors used in house wells these days require a 60-second run time, every time they turn on, to provide proper cooling to the motor. Anytime the run time is less than 60 seconds, too much heat is being generated by the motor windings and is not being allowed enough time to cool by water flowing past the motor down in the well. This excess heat will shorten the life of your motor, although that life-shortening is a variable that cannot be predicted...As you saw, your pump was short-cycling for 20 years, you didn't know it, and it still works. That is impressive to me that your pump still works after decades of overheating, but sometimes they can handle the abuse...good luck!
Sounds like the issue may be clay pipes and tree roots... There is no reason to replace the main, there are a few home remedies that may work. The first is flushing a pound of salt down the water closet one time per month, many times that kills the tree roots, and keeps things flowing smoothly. You can also buy a sewer lateral maintainer at many of the big box stores including Menards, they serve the same purpose-to kill the tree roots. The older clay pipes are somewhat porous, and with water and sewage, it's a great fertilizer for the trees, and they tend to seek it out.
My MIL has to have her sewer lateral cleaned out one a year and is looking at having the whole thing replaced. I've heard of a lining that can be done. Are linings any good or just a band aid to a bigger problem? Just looking for pros/cons, and a rough idea on cost? Would only be about 30 feet at most. Boyceville, WI if that makes a difference. TIA
When I built this house I did a lot of the copper soldering myself and it is defintely time consuming. Theyve got these relatively new inventions called Shark Bites where you slip the pipe in and the joint locks tight and leak proof. Looks like you can find them only at Home Depot though Menards has the Chinese knockoff. Sharkbites a are a huge timesaver.
However the OP said that the "cut-in / cut-out" pressure is correct so that points back toward the bladder in the storage tank.
Bladder failure in storage tanks is a fairly common problem. My well pump was short cycling last year so I tried to check the air pressure in the storage tank and water squirted out - and as others have said that is a sure sign that the bladder has ruptured and you need a new tank. Menards sells them for a reasonable price and they are easy to install.