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      MasterPlumbers
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      how to reduce air pressure in a holding tank (well water).

    • #286994

      Why would you want to take air out of your expansion tank?

      The only way an expansion tank can drain is for air behind the bladder to push it out. If your tank does not drain completely than it does not have enough air in it to displace the water inside.

      If you have air in your water than your expansion tank needs to be replaced because the bladder has a hole in it.

      To drain an expansion tank

      First you need to drain the tank as far as it can go by itself. Next using a bicycle tire pump pump up the tank only until the water begins to flow out. Do not over pump the tank or you may ruin the bladder. Keep doing this until you are sure all of the air is out of the tank. Now to obtain the propper air pressure this can only be checked with the tank empty. Most well tanks use 27 PSI empty. Now it would be a good time to disinfect the tank with some bleach. Use an empty filter sump housing to introduce about a 1/2 cup of bleach into the tank you will need some valves to do this. Now rinse the tank by filling it and draining it sevrall times.

    • #286995

      This is not an expansion tank. It’s an old system at a camp. The water level is below the outlet, and we think there is too much air in the tank because we had a lot of trouble (pipe leaks, etc.), getting the system running. Actually, it’s not a well at all, it’s drawing lake water. Thanks for your reply.

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