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Old February 12th, 2013 #1
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Default A plumbing/Well question

I have no idea where to post this. Maybe this is the wrong forum.

I have a well.
A couple of days ago my water has been acting weird. There is air in the lines. When running the water, like a shower, The water will run fine then slowly stop. Then while keeping the water on, it will start producing water again.

While the water is off the pipes make a bunch of rumbling noise.

When I first turn on the water hot water will come out even in the cold setting and the water taste really salty.

Is it the bladder? Is it my water softener? Is it the pump? It it a bad valve?

Should I call a plumber or a well driller?

Can anyone help?
 
Old February 12th, 2013 #2
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My first thought was that it's the bladder. If it was the pump, you probably wouldn't get water at all. The rumbling sound is the water running though the pipes is changing temp. It sounds to me like the bladder in the tank has a leak or the air pressure in the tank is low. Does your pump run more than usual? Sometimes run when your not using water?
 
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Fred,

I have well experience. But I've never experienced this.

I do not have water softener experience. My gut reaction is that something has gone haywire with some seal or connection in that subsystem.

Can you bypass it and see if the problem clears up?
 
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It is hard to tell when the pump is running. It is buried in the yard. The pressure on the gauge looks good but it might be going up and down.
 
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I really don't know how to work on plumbing. I have never done it before. You see, I can understand how it works but not fix it myself. I am an engineer.
 
Old February 13th, 2013 #6
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I really don't know how to work on plumbing. I have never done it before. You see, I can understand how it works but not fix it myself. I am an engineer.
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I have a notion this thread could be the prime exposé in an upcoming SPLC Intelligence Report.
 
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It is hard to tell when the pump is running. It is buried in the yard. The pressure on the gauge looks good but it might be going up and down.
I don't think a cracked tank bladder or malfunctioning foot valve will cause the symptons you describe. I don't see this being a job for the well man. At least I hope not, if you know what I mean.
 
Old February 12th, 2013 #9
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Thanks Leonard.

It is a weird one. I have searched the internet but came out with nothing.

I will call the plumber and have to pay the big bucks. I have to have water.
 
Old February 13th, 2013 #10
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I don't understand water softeners (or wells either for that matter), but I'm a pretty good plumber.

I figure the salt has got to be coming from the softening system.

I suspect the rumbling and pipe hammer has to do with air in the lines. It sounds like the air is also getting inside the hot water heater where it expands as it's heated and creates a pressure differential and bubbles or air pockets that make noise when the move through the system via convection currents.

I'd shut off the heat source and see what happens. Isolate sections and work by process of elimination.

Nice puzzle. Enjoy it a little before you fork over any money.
 
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