Leaking well?

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Lisa

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Oct 2, 2022, 6:45:10 PMOct 2
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Hey guys! I'll start by saying that I don't know much plumbing terminology... So I'll just attach a photo so at least y'all will have a visual. I've had a slow leak from threaded areas on the well setup, for a couple of months now. It's starting to get stronger. I added pipe dope and notices some of the metal threads look worn (guessing this could be causing the leak). We had only had the well since 2017. Does this look like an easy fix and does anyone have any advice. This is a professionally installed well that services my home and some garden irrigation.
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Ed Pawlowski

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Oct 2, 2022, 6:55:17 PMOct 2
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On 10/2/2022 6:45 PM, Lisa wrote:
> Hey guys! I'll start by saying that I don't know much plumbing
> terminology... So I'll just attach a photo so at least y'all will have a
> visual. I've had a slow leak from threaded areas on the well setup, for
> a couple of months now. It's starting to get stronger. I added pipe dope
> and notices some of the metal threads look worn (guessing this could be
> causing the leak). We had only had the well since 2017. Does this look
> like an easy fix and does anyone have any advice. This is a
> professionally installed well that services my home and some garden
> irrigation.
> https://www.homeownershub.com/img/2txl
>
Water can wear away at the material over time once the leak starts..
I'd replace the fittings at this point rather than tray to fix them with
tape and pipe dope.

Plumber is going to be $120 just to show up, plus parts and time but
should not be very costly.

Dean Hoffman

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Oct 2, 2022, 7:27:39 PMOct 2
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Wow. That sure looks rusty. I couldn't see any galvanizing. Would PVC fittings be
better? It almost looks like it will take a torch to heat things to get them apart.

micky

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Oct 2, 2022, 7:55:12 PMOct 2
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In alt.home.repair, on Sun, 02 Oct 2022 22:45:03 +0000, Lisa
<a966fb853b2e4f0d...@example.com> wrote:

>Hey guys! I'll start by saying that I don't know much plumbing terminology... So I'll just attach a photo so at least y'all will have a visual. I've had a slow leak from threaded areas on the well setup, for a couple of months now. It's starting to get stronger. I added pipe dope and notices some of the metal threads look worn (guessing this could be causing the leak). We had only had the well since 2017. Does this look like an easy fix and does anyone have any advice. This is a professionally installed well that services my home and some garden irrigation.
>https://www.homeownershub.com/img/2txl

I don't understand. Where is the crank and the bucket?

Snag

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Oct 2, 2022, 8:55:00 PMOct 2
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UUUHH Dean , the fitting that's leaking IS pvc/cpvc . Probably fatigue
cracking due to vibration . Since it's fairly new , the OP should be
able to replace the union and fittings needed to fit the tee with off
the shelf parts .
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trader_4

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Oct 3, 2022, 11:19:17 AMOct 3
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Agree. Cut off the PVC wherever necessary, that's probably on the other side of
the union. Then replace it all with new PVC, use teflon tape on the threads into
the steel tee.

Lisa

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Oct 3, 2022, 11:15:09 PMOct 3
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The threads on the steel tee look worn... Do you think it will also need replacing? And would that be something I could do myself. I know the pump hangs from something but I'm not sure what. I'm comfortable replacing all the pcv components... But want to be sure before touching the steel piece lol

Lisa

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Oct 3, 2022, 11:15:09 PMOct 3
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The tee that is connected directly to the well head is galvanized and all other parts are pvc. The female threads of the galvanized tee look worn when I took the pvc male out to add pipe dope. Would that need replacing as well? I feel comfortable replacing the PVC pieces .. I'm just unsure of the galvanized tee since I know the well pump is hanging from something here and I probably shouldn't touch 😅

Snag

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Oct 4, 2022, 12:21:46 AMOct 4
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On 10/3/2022 10:15 PM, Lisa wrote:
> The threads on the steel tee look worn... Do you think it will also need
> replacing? And would that be something I could do myself. I know the
> pump hangs from something but I'm not sure what. I'm comfortable
> replacing all the pcv components... But want to be sure before touching
> the steel piece lol
>

Well (!) I don't know about yours , but my submersible pump is
suspended by a steel cable ... from your pictures it appears that yours
is suspended by iron pipe and that tee . Mine however is plumbed
entirely by plastic pipe/tubing - and it only waters my garden , it's
not our primary water supply . In your case , since you think the iron
(not steel!) tee is worn , I'd say replace it - and the PVC piping at
least to the union fitting . The only thing i use pipe dope for is low
pressure propane fittings . Everything else gets teflon tape . Rule of
thumb here , over 1" gets two turns per inch of diameter . My experience
has been that transitions from PVC to metal fittings have been
problematic . WARNING ! I'm not a plumber (my son is) but I did my whole
house and the only leak was so minuscule I ignored it for 4 years . I
finally fixed it when I had other work to do in that area under the house .
((Other than some physical labor type help , I have
built/wired/plumbed this entire house with my own 2 hands))
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