one more thing:
please explain to me what you mean by “pump off”
i think i have fixed my problem. While re-installing the pipe/footvalve. i noticed some standing water in a depression in my yard between the pump and the house so i dug it up and the pipe had came apart at a joint. So i fixed that and things seems to be fine, BUT the pump still takes a while to pump up. I went to the goulds web site and looked up my pump and it says that my pump should always run for at least 1 minute. My pump is a J-10s.
Thanks again everyone!!