Category Archives: Bore Repairs & Service

Bore pump and retic repairs Como

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.

submersible bore como
Submersible bore in an old style well liner
old bore start box single phase Lowara
Old Lowara single phase start box for this bore had seen better days

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.

Bore not starting Booragoon 

We had installed a bore for Bob in Booragoon a few years ago.

He rang to say the bore was not working. We sent out our specialist bore electrician Dave. The submersible pump motor tested ok and he noted that there was no 24 volt to relay from controller.

He found that there was a red multicore running along the pavers from below the reticulation controller to below the bore start box. The joint connection at the bottom of the start box was faulty so he remade it.

All working again on front 2 stations. There was no cover on station 3,4,5 and 6, it was cut off due to construction. He fixed.

We have drilled and repaired many bores in the Booragoon area and surrounding suburbs of Mount Pleasant, Myaree and Melville. If you have a problem with your Booragoon bore call Troy on 9246 0111 or if you submersible pump is not working find help  HERE

Reticulation controller wiring
Reticulation controller of broken bore

Get your Leederville garden ready for summer

Leederville is a bright and vibrant area to live in. It is time to start thinking about getting your garden ready for summer.

We have drilled and repaired many water bores and retic systems throughout Leederville our experience will save you money in bore and retic service or repair. If you are checking your water bore to make sure it is ready for summer and your pump is not starting, we can send our specialist bore electrician to work out the problem and fix it. Dave is an excellent electrician with many years of experience fixing water bores.

Don’t forget to also test your reticulation system. If there are any issues with your reticulation off a bore or mains water we can fix it. These issues can include faulty solenoid valves or even finding your solenoid valves. We find and fix broken solenoid wires and resolve sprinkler coverage issues.

Call us about any issues with your Leederville bore or reticulation systems leading into the summer season on 9246 0111 or check out our main website HERE

We service Perth Bores, pumps and retic in any suburb from Two Rocks to Secret Harbour. Our Perth bore pump and retic service teams are only a phone call away.

Water bores in Two Rocks

We have vast experience in drilling and servicing water bores in the Two Rocks area and surrounds over the last two decades.

We have drilled dozens of bores stretching from Yanchep and Two Rocks across to Seatrees Estate and  Breakwater Estate. Bores in the area range from some shallow ones right near the coast at Yanchep and Two Rocks typically around 18 metres and up to 60 metres further inland near Seatrees Estate and Breakwater Estate.

In the smaller residential blocks in Two Rocks we normally install 1.1kw submersible pumps perfect for normal home gardens. In the 5 acre blocks over at Seatrees and Breakwater we would normally instal a 1.5 or 2.2 kw pump to give closer to 150 litres per minute.

All new drilling and installations are handled by our new Bore team at Virgin Bores.

For bore service and repair call Troy on 0408 454 130 or if you live in the Two Rocks area and you would like to discuss a submersible water bore look HERE

Water bores drilled and repaired in the Two Rocks and Wanneroo areas
Over 15 years we have drilled and repaired many water bores in Two Rocks

Water bore start capacitor problem

We often get water bore repair calls where the problem turns out to be the start capacitor. Call on 9246 0111. 

Water bore start box and capacitor
Start capacitor and start box
Start capacitor in start box
Start capacitor in start box

In a single phase submersible bore pump the start capacitor is ordinarily in the 240 volt start box. Three phase submersible pumps do not have start capacitors. In some centrifugal pumps the capacitor can be mounted externally on the pump motor housing. It is surprising how often a faulty capacitor is missed as the cause of a bore pump problem particularly when tests are carried out by someone who is not specifically experienced in bore pump service work. Even trained general electricians can misdiagnose this simple problem.

Often a capacitor problem can spotted visually as it will commonly swell or rupture. A start capacitor should be perfectly cylindrical. Sometimes though a faulty capacitor can only be diagnosed by the serviceman actually testing it when disconnected. As the start box is mains powered it does need a licensed electrician or certified electrical worker to test and replace the start capacitor. Our specialist bore electrician Dave is expert at this. 

Burnt out start capacitor
Close up burnt bore start capacitor

One of our clients from Baldivis sent us these pics of inside his submersible water bore start box.

This is a single phase start box and is a particularly dramatic example of a blown start capacitor.

Burnt bore start capacitor Perth
Burnt bore start capacitor in start box

Our mobile bore service teams carry a variety of different size start capacitors and can quickly diagnose and fix this common bore problem. We repair water bores in all Perth suburbs, call us on 9246 0111 or book a service online

Old well lost prime Rivervale

 

This old style well in Rivervale has stopped pumping water and has lost prime. We got a call  on 9246 0111 from a client on Sunday who is selling his investment property in Rivervale.

His old style well in Rivervale has stopped pumping water with the he pump running  but no water was coming out. “My bore sounds like it is doing something – very noisy but no water coming out”. The homeowner kindly sent us some pics of the bore pump and well to help us work out the problem.

It is most likely a priming issue of some description. An air leak in the pump is a possibility as the client said the Perth bore pump ran dry for a while. This causes the metal housing to overheat which in turn can heat up the PVC pipe and distort it breaking the threaded seal and letting air in.

The cause may be a failed check valve, leak in the down borehole pipe or it may even be too far to the groundwater level in Rivervale at this time of year.

We will attend Rivervale on Monday and sort the problem as the client is in the process of selling the house. If we can help you with fixing an old well in Rivervale, Kewdale, Belmont or surrounds call on 9246 0111.

All service pumps, wells or bores anywhere in Perth. Happy to take your call 7 days a week or book an online service HERE

Old well lost prime
Old well lost prime
Stalker pump in well
Stalker pump in well

Happy bore service customers.

Thanks very much to two bore service customers, Frank and Mike, for the great comments on the jobs we recently completed for them. We will pass the excellent feed-back onto our team. If one of our bore service team can help you call on 9246 0111.

Happy customer
Happy customer

Good afternoon

Just confirming that I have paid your account.

We would like to thank you all for the very prompt and efficient service. We were absolutely thrilled with your response to our initial enquiry, the no fuss follow up to look at the problem and the very quick and professional way you have handled the situation.

Its a long time since we dealt with tradesmen who have delivered on their promise – and more.

We would certainly not hesitate to recommend your services and will ensure that your company is added to our preferred list of contractors for our local club

Sincerely
Mike

Fix old style well Perth

Old style well
Old style well

We are available to help out anytime. Today is a public holiday Monday and we were able to help out when Wayne called with a question about an old well south of the river. He rang us on 9246 0111.
Wayne has an old well style bore which is one liner deep. He had removed the sprinkler to flush out a line of accumulated debris. The pump was running but he wasn’t getting any water. Unfortunately he had run the pump at a flow higher than the bore could sustain. We explained to Wayne over the phone how to prime his “orange” pump and he was set to go. That was good news as he had just sold his house and needed his bore and retic working before settlement next week. He was going to get back to us if there were any further issues with his well.
If we can help with an old style well phone one of our team on 9246 0111.

New water bore Ballajura

Water bore problem Ballajura
Stuffed water bore Ballajura

It was a busy day in Ballajura today. We got called to a couple of bore electrical problems which we sorted quite quickly. We couldn’t immediately help the last call though.

The gentleman had a submersible bore that was of dubious construction. Not only was the borehole itself drawing sand, something which incidentally does not happen if the correct screens and gravel packing is used, but also the submersible pump was stuck irretrievably down the bore hole. The submersible pump had been installed down the bore without a stainless steel draw wire. The owner had erected a tripod and attempted to retrieve the pump by hauling up the poly pipe on a block and tackle. Unfortunately the poly pipe had snapped some metres down the bore hole and the poly pipe and submersible pump were now completely stuck.

Next week we will be drilling a new water bore for him. We’ll be sure to do everything to best practice standards to avoid problems like this in the future. We suspect this original bore had been a DIY or at best done by a backyard operator. Make sure if you are having a bore drilled in Ballajura or surrounds you use a licensed driller and preferably one who is a member of the ADIA.

If you would like a quote on a new water bore or need repairs to your existing bore in Ballajura give Virgin Bores a call on 92460111 or visit www.virginbores.com.au

Why is my old Perth bore running out of water?

Some Perth bore owners are telling us their very old water bores are running out of water or that it runs for a minute or two then it runs out.  We can help on 9246 0111.

This can be a a problem with the reticulation system or with the pump.

Slotted PVC bore casing
Slotted PVC bore casing

 

Commonly it is an issue with the yield of the bore itself and the pump is pumping water out faster than it is flowing in to the bore casing.

Many people think the bore is not deep enough. At times the water table does drop & it is a depth related issue. More often the stainless steel bore screen or slotted PVC bore casing has become blocked. Sometimes the ground around the bore has reduced the water it will “allow” to flow through it.

We would try air-developing, a process where large volumes of compressed air are pumped down the bore. We can also chemically clean and restore the bore with a combination of special cleaning compounds, surfactants and clay dispersants.

If your old Perth water bore is running out of water call us on 9246 0111 and we will talk through the problem or book a service online