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    Low volume and pressure

    Just bought this house and it has low pressure(all aucets) and volume and rust. Piping is galvanized with a water softener. I am thinking that maybe the tank or the pum is the issue. Any pointers would be appreciated

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    I'm not sure what the first three pictures are of. It doesn't look like a water storage tank for a well. The pump with the tank sitting under it are familiar items. You have a deep well system with the two pipes leaving the pump going to the well. I can almost see a reducer coupling at the right of one picture showing the piping being reduced in size. This is not a good practice.

    Galvanized piping can plug up quicker with minerals than plastic or copper, so this may be a flow and pressure problem. The water softener will in most cases help keep the pipes from plugging up, but the softener itself not working properly or wrongly sized can also be a problem. The fact that galvanized piping has been around a lot longer than water softeners, could mean the softener was added long after the plumbing was already plugged.

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    The first three pictures are of the tank the the pump is on top of. I do not know when the original softner was added. The one shown was a replacement. I thought maybe it was a galvanized tank under the pump. It seems as if the tank could be replaced with a bladder tank.

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    Then I'm confused, the first three pics look like a horizontal tank of some kind with no pump and the pump picture looks like the pump is sitting on a vertical tank.

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    I think I have the photos cleaned up. Camera orientation was not set. Sorry, and Thanks for the input
    http://s51.photobucket.com/albums/f378/billbucket/Well/

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    It almost has to be a galvanized tank. There appears to be a valve on the lower left. I'll get better pictures up

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    Ok, I can make out the tank now, but that gadget with the horizontal bars in front of everything makes it real hard to see the two pipes leaving the pump going into some kind of gadget. I need a better picture of that conglomeration.

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    Photos added. The valve on the bottom left is a air valve. Has a (tire stem) valve on the bottom side with a metal cap. I loosened the cap and it leaked water.

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    I am wondering if i can just drain the tank and leave the pump on top, then plumb in a bladder tank. That way I would not have to disconnect the well piping, electric etc

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    Yes you can, but I would disconnect the old tank from the plumbing. That tank is just going to waterlog and the water can get stagnant.





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