Hey all.

I just bought a home several months ago which is on city water and sewer, however a well and pump still remains in the basement and goes to one of the outside spigots. I am guessing the entire house was on the well many years ago. My home was built in the 1950s in an area which at the time was not very populated.

I basically know nothing about it, and the previous owner did not know anything else besides "It's great for watering the grass and garden!". That sure has proven to be true!

  • This thing sure looks like it has seen better days - should I be concerned?
  • Are there any maintenance items I should be aware of?
  • What happens if this thing just started spewing water everywhere? What would I want to do, unplug the pump?
  • It kinda freaks me out how it goes right through the basement wall - I can't really see anything inside the blocks, is it sealed off from the outside? I haven't seen or noticed any critters crawling in, so I guess its all good.
  • Why are there two lines which run into the pump from outside of the house?
  • What kind of duty can this pump handle? I don't feel garden watering with a hose is taxing on it at all, however when I hook up a sprinkler and water the lawn for an hour, this thing clicks on and off probably every minute or two minutes.
  • It makes a pretty audible click/clunk when turning on, not sure if that is normal or not. When its running, it runs smoothly, just hums along...
  • Any guesses what kind of well this is? Shallow, deep? Should I even care what it is?

Those are just some of the questions popping into my head. Honestly any info that anyone can give would be much appreciated :-)