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Water bore Meadow Springs

Recently we drilled a relatively shallow 16 metre water bore in Meadow Springs, south of Perth. Meadow Springs is a suburb of Mandurah, immediately northeast of central Mandurah.

Water bore coastal
New water bore Meadow Springs

The bores drilled in the Meadow Springs area are relatively shallow as there are some salt concerns further down. This bore was drilled through mainly limestone and sand using a trailer mounted rotary mud drilling rig. This is an excellent drilling rig to use when there is not much space and it is perfect for bores up to 40 metres in most Perth suburbs.

This Meadow Springs bore has a 1.1 kw stainless steel submersible pump that was connected to the client’s existing reticulation system.

We have drilled many water bores in the Meadow Springs and Mandurah area. Call us on 9246 0111 or to research your submersible water bore in the Mandurah area check out our main website

 

Pulling up a submersible water bore.

If your modern submersible water bore is not working call us on 9246 0111 and we can talk through over the phone what the problem may be.

Portable winch used to pull up submersible pumps
Portable winch used to pull up submersible pumps

In some circumstances a submersible pump and motor will need to be pulled up to the surface by one of our water bore repair teams with a winch designed for the task.

The torpedo like submersible water bore pump is usually suspended at the bottom of the borehole by a stainless steel cable used to retrieve the pump. Also coming to the surface from the pump will be a flexible poly pipe that delivers the water and an electrical cable that powers the motor.

Our service teams connect the stainless draw wire to one of our purpose built portable electric winches and simply winch the pump to the surface. Simultaneously though it is important that we also manually gently pull up the electrical cable to prevent jamming and damage to the heat shrink joint.

If your water bore needs fixing call us on 9246 0111 and we will assess what we think is the problem over the phone and send the correct member of our team to fix your water bore. If you submersible pump needs to be pulled to the surface call 9246 0111 or get some detailed information on your submersible pump HERE 

Ready to winch up a submersible pump.
Ready to winch up a submersible pump.

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 submersible motor and pump Doubleview

Customer's submersible pump and 3 phase motor
Customer’s submersible pump and 3 phase motor

A Doubleview customer sent us this picture of his submersible pump and 3 phase motor. He and his electrician had pulled it out of his very old 32 metre submersible bore hole. They had disassembled it and electrically tested the motor.

The motor needed replacing. We attended and replaced the motor and while we were at it a new submersible pump. We replaced all down hole electrical cable which we heat shrunk to the new motor lead. We also replaced his old frayed stainless steel draw-wire but reused the existing 40 mm poly rising mainline that delivers the water. The poly pipe was all good even after several decades of service. At the same time we dosed the bore with 20 litres of chlorine to help kill the iron oxide bacteria that was evident.

Finished off with a new bore box at the bore head, reconnected and all set to go. Most Doubleview water bores are in the 30 to 60 metre deep range as a consequence of Doubleview’s elevation. If you have any questions call our team on 9246 0111.

How to replace a submersible bore pump

Our team was called out to winch up a submersible water bore pump. They phoned on 9246 0111.

If your submersible water bore is not working we can winch up the pump and work out what needs repairing.

We carry purpose built portable winches to easily pull up modern submersible pumps even in restricted access locations. This allows us to quickly replace or repair submersible pumps in Perth water bores. You can see on this video part of the process of winching a submersible bore pump.

If we can help you with your bore problem phone Troy on 9246 0111 or visit our main website on http://www.virginbores.com.au.

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 http://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

Water bore faulty Perth

The sprinkler bans in Perth end at the end of August. We encourage you to only start using your Perth sprinklers when the garden needs it.

Perth bore owners have been out testing their water bores for the first time this spring. Some are faulty!

Electrical fault water bore
Bore electrical specialist working on submersible bore

We are hearing similar stories like  “I’m starting my bore and the circuit breaker is tripping or fuse is blowing, what should I do?”. We would send our specialist bore electrician Dave who has been doing this for years and is expert and experienced with water bores. He has special equipment to test the circuits & windings of the motor. We can do this without winching the pump up.

We remind our customers that if it is a fused bore pump motor it may be covered under household insurance. Also if the fault is storm related even damage from lightning induction that then this too may be subject to an insurance claim.

Submersible water bore from surface
Top of submersible water bore

To have the matter attended to first by specialist bore repairers who can correctly diagnose the fault and possible cause call the team on 9246 0111 or book an online service and read more about faulty water bores HERE