This is not exactly what Tom expected when he winched out a fused submersible bore pump in Bassendean.
The organic mass is a root mass. We think whoever drilled the original bore possibly configured it with slotted bore casing above the static water level causing fibrous root ingress chasing an easy route to water.
We replaced the pump and made the client aware he may have future root problems
Don’t forget many household insurance policies have fusion cover for electric bore pump motors. We can advise you when you call us on 9246 0111.
One of our jobs this week was from a customer in Noranda whose tripping centrifugal pump motor needed repair.
We sent Dave our specialist bore electrician who tested the single phase Lowara pump motor. It tested OK.
On further investtigation he found the 50mF capacitor was faulty so replaced it with a new 45mF capacitor. He replaced the 9V battery for new in the controller.
Why is it important to replace the 9V battery in the reticulation controller?
Retic controllers have batteries to preserve the memory that has been programmed in the event of a mains power fail.
The battery is normally only 9 volts and does not have the power to operate solenoid valves or pump start relays. Solenoid valves and most other irrigation devices operate on 24 volts. Most retic controllers are 240 volt mains powered with a transformer that steps down to 24 volt to operate the individual irrigation devices. It may seem like a minor inconvenience if you have a flat 9 volt battery in your controller as at first glance one would think it is not a big issue if you lose mains power and the controller has to be reprogrammed.
BUT it can have nasty consequences if the controller operates a bore.
If mains power is lost to quite a few brands of reticulation controllers and there is no back up battery then when mains power is restored the controller resets all programming to factory default which is often 10 minutes per station per day. This may then turn the bore on to stations that don’t exist and the pump runs with nowhere for the water to go. This can damage the pump or pipe work of the bore.
Old Style Well in Noranda is repaired
Dave reprogrammed the controller for the customer for their watering days of Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
The Noranda customer’s old style well is repaired and they have water.
If you live in Noranda or the surrounding areas of Morley or Dianella and your old bore needs repair call us on 9246 0111 or learn more here
You will see many old style wells with a tin lid around Perth. Many are up to 70 years old and some have been dug by the home owner in the ’50’s and ’60’s.
My father dug the well for our family home in Applecross and it is still working.
Many older Perth well style bores still giving faithful service after years of pumping bore water to the garden. Our specialist service team can keep them ticking over with a few industry tricks, priming solutions and centrifugal pump replacements.
Call us on 9246 0111 and we will talk you through the repair of your water bore well style or book a bore service HERE
Sadly though sometimes they are beyond economical repair and need to be “retired”. The best solution can be replacing with a modern submersible bore. Submersible bores have a small green lid which is usually ‘hidden’ under the lawn or garden. Submersible pumps are silent and very economical.
Call Virgin Bores to discuss a new submersible bore for your home and ask us how will it work, how long it will take and how economical will it be. Want to get an idea of cost for a new water bore at your house click HERE
David from Greenwood phoned us on 9246 0111 last week. We have installed and repaired many modern submersible water bores in the Greenwood, Madeley, Marangaroo and Warwick areas. His submersible pump motor was tripping.
We will talk your problems through on the phone and send the right tradesman so we can fix your modern submersible bore quickly and economically.
In this case we sent Dave our specialist water bore electrician. He has worked on literally thousands of water bores across the Perth metro area.
The customer’s 2 wire submersible motor was completely seized, when running it was drawing over 42 amps. It was a totally manual operation with plugs into an adjacent water proof power point which is fed by its’s own circuit breaker/RCD in meter box. All the other bore electrics tested OK.
So we returned to fit new barrel union, new cable down hole and new submersible pump wet-end.
David from Greenwood’s bore and retic are now ready for summer. How about you?
This week our specialist bore electrician, Dave, called on a customer in Floreat reporting their submersible motor was tripping the circuit breaker in the meter box.
Dave found the one horsepower 2 wire submersible motor was not fused and the windings appeared intact but there was a complete dead short to earth.
At a minimum the submersible motor needed replacing but given the age of the unit it was decided to replace the wet-end (pump) as well and down hole electrical cable and stainless steel draw wire. Our submersible pump installer, Adam, will attend and install the new pump and motor and cables down the bore hole. There was no electrical junction box at the bore head so in this case Dave will return and one will be added for easier servicing in the future.
Dave found the bore head under a hedge near the letterbox. nice detective work Dave!
It was great we were able to help with repair to this Floreat water bore so the garden would be ready for summer.
If you live in Floreat and need your water bore or reticulation repaired call us on 9246 0111 or enquire online HERE
We have just replaced a faulty submersible pump motor for a customer in Como. It was a submersible bore that had been enclosed or drilled inside an old style concrete well liner. After nearly 20 years in the business we are experts in the area.
As well as replacing the faulty pump motor, we also replaced the wet end (pump). the down bore hole cable and the single phase Lowara bore start box. The start box was installed on an existing post next to the well. All electrical work was done by our licensed and bore experienced electrician.
If you have a faulty old style well or problems with a more modern submersible bore call us on 9246 0111. 7 days.
Our local service team will get your bore back up and running pronto if you are in Como, Sth Perth, Kensington, Manning or surrounds. We also service and repair reticulation sprinkler systems fed from mains water or bore.
For more info on our water bore and retic services visit our main website HERE or call us 7 days on 9246 0111.
One of our bore service team went to a job this morning in Marmion. The bore was installed at this Marmion garden in December 2014 and it is 20 metres deep.
The bore was turning on normally with the power meter spinning faster when the bore pump was turned on with all the normal sounds and the tell tale click but there was no water.
We thought it was going to be a blown poly rising main pipe down the submersible bore hole but it was in fact a split fitting in the bore box. It was probably caused by the surface pipe connections to the retic having being completed and rigid before the pump was turned on for the first time. The very first running of a submersible pump fills the rising poly main with water which is then held there every after by the pumps check valve. This weight most likely stretched the stainless steel draw wire slightly and put undue pressure on the fitting which subsequently split.
We replaced the fitting and the bore is up and running.
If you have a water bore in Perth that is not working call us on 9246 0111 or book a bore service HERE
Our mobile service teams do prompt repairs to ALL TYPES of Water Bores & Reticulation Sprinkler Systems Perth metro-wide. Free phone advice. Our experience saves you time and money. Bore repair HOTLINE 1300 734 300 North of River: Troy 0408454130 South of River: Brett 0411511611