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Can It Be A Ch Valve

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by wsi261, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. wsi261

    wsi261 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    Hi ,I tried everything to get a customers well pump started.I primed it with a water pump,flooded the system with a garden hose ,the pump runs nice and quiet but will not pump.Before I remove the pump could it be the check valve???What its exact purpose it relation to the pump.If it is bad will the pump not operate????? Thanks Walt<>
  2. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    Probably not the check valve. The purpose of this valve is to keep the pump from losing prime.
  3. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,668

    You can test the well with another pump, and if it's a well point, you can try and blow water back down the point, which can sometimes clear the well-point screen, after several repetitions of forcing the water backwards and pumping forward.
  4. Grump

    Grump LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    You said the pump runs quietly? Have you checked the impeller? Is it attached to the shaft or has it sheared off?
  5. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,496

    LOL. True story. One of our district plumbers borrowed our Honda pump a few years back to pump something out. He brought it back and said it wouldn't work because it wouldn't pump the water out. He thought the impeller was bad. I had him set the thing up for me, prime it and then try to pump out a 5 gallon bucket of water. He did all this and it still wouldn't work. I let him get a little frazzled before telling him that he had the suction and output hoses switched. :laugh:

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