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Fused Submersible bore Pump Perth

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.

If your submersible pump is not working it may be fused. Call us on 9246 0111 and we can work out the problem and send the right person for the job. If you would like to read more on pump repair and fusion in Perth https://virginbores.com.au/perth-bore-pump-motor-repair-and-service/

New water bore Southern River

We are going to be drilling at this property in Southern River. We have a lot of experience in the area and can be contacted on 9246 0111.

We have drilled a lot of water bores in the Southern River area and know the conditions well. The depth to water at this property in 4.3 metres and we would drill 18 to 20 metres into water.  The ground conditions in Southern River can vary with interspersed layers of clay which can inhibit ground water. For this reason we often allow extra slotted casing, extra gravel packing and extra air developing to help compensate.

Southern River home with new submersible bore
Location of new water bore in the Southern River area

We would use a good quality Italian stainless steel pump, a 1.1 kw motor coupled to a 12 stage wet end.

We attend the property to talk to our client about their requirements and about where to drill their water bore. We aim to drill close to the metre box to minimise costs to the client. Pictured is where we are looking at drilling at this property.

We also service and repair water bores, bore pumps and reticulation systems in Southern River and surrounds including Piara Waters.

If you are in the Southern River or Piara Waters and would like to discuss a water bore for your home call David on 9246 0111 or look at our website HERE.

New submersible bore Bedford


We service and repair centrifugal bore pumps in old wells as well as new submersible pumps.

Not often do we find on old bore well in the Perth metropolitan area that is set in such an idyllic back yard as this one in Bedord.

It is actually inside a chicken coop surrounded by contented chickens. After years of faithful service and watering a bountiful vegetable garden it is finally beyond economical repair.

Fix old style well in Bedford area
This old style well is in chicken coop.

It is a 35 foot climb down a ladder inside the concrete well liners to the pump. Beneath the pump is a 49 foot spear. Unfortunately the bore is pumping sand indicating the spear has collapsed. This old bore is quite deep for Beford, as the house is at the top of a hill.

Old style Bedford bore replaced with new water bore
Deep old Bedford bore hole beyond repair economically

The best solution here is to drill a new submersible bore on the front lawn and install a new submersible pump on the front lawn to match the flow required by the existing reticulation system.

For your bore repair or service needs in Bedford, Inglewood, Maylands or any Perth suburbs call 92460111.

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.

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

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

What is a submersible pump?

Assembling a submersible pump
Assembling a submersible pump

People often get confused about what is a submersible pump. A picture tells
a thousand words.

Most Perth garden bores use a 1.1 kilowatt (1.5 horsepower), 1.5kw (2 hp) or
2.2kw (3 hp) submersible motor connected to a matching pump or more
correctly a matching “wet-end”. Where the confusion comes in is generally
people refer to the two units combined as a pump. Here our bore service man
has assembled a single phase motor to a 12 stage pump (wet-end ). The motor
is the bottom part furthest from his hand. The wet end is the part he is
gripping whilst he tightens the fitting where the rising 40mm poly pipe
mainline will be connected to deliver the water to the surface. Note the
black rubberized bore cable is connected to the blue lead connected to the
motor. This delivers the 240v power down the borehole to the motor. The
stainless wire is used to support the weight of everything down the bore

Our bore service teams repair and replace submersible bores all over Perth.
We are specialists in electrical repairs and insurance fusion claims for all
types of water bores. Call us on 9246 0111 or visit our website – http://www.virginbores.com.au

Testimonial from customer for Mirrabooka Water Bore.

Thanks very much for the good review from Jim for Virgin Bores.

Good review Virgin Bores
A customer says thank you for good service

We drilled Jim a water bore for him in Mirrabooka.

The water bore drillers did a 36 metre bore on a sloping block in Mirrabooka. The specialist electricians then connected the bore.

It is great to have a happy customer with his water bore in Mirrabooka.


If you live in Mirrabooka or surrounding areas call us on 9246 0111 or check out our website HERE

We can install and repair water bores in the Mirrabooka area

Deep Bore in Wembley Downs

Virgin Bores has just drilled a deep new submersible water bore in Wembley Downs 9246 0111.

By Perth metropolitan area standards it was very deep at 62 metres. The house is on top of the hill near the water tower. We know in advance how far we have to drill as we look at the depth to water in the Perth Groundwater Atlas on the Department of Water website HERE

Pictured here is a trailer mounted air compressor. We use this via the roll of pipe seen on the back of the truck to pump compressed air down the newly drilled bore. This is called “air developing” and flushes the introduced drilling muds out of the borehole and helps develop water flow from the superficial aquifer before we install the submersible pump.

Once we drill a water bore we can design a new retic system if needed and will look after our clients ongoing needs to service their bore and retic in the Wembley, Wembley Downs, City Beach and Doubleview areas.

Call Virgin Bores 7 days a week on 9246 0111 if you would like an online quote on a new water bore anywhere in Perth check us out HERE

Trailer mounted air compressor.
Trailer mounted air compressor.

New Submersible Bore Wembley

We have just successfully completed a new submersible water bore in Wembley. Call us on 9246 0111

Thanks to Pauline for letting us know she was happy with the modern submersible water bore we drilled at her Wembley home. It is great to get such a good review from Pauline for our installation team at Virgin Bores.

“I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful job your guys did in installing my recent bore. I have never encountered such polite, considerate and thorough trades people before and it’s a credit to your business for contracting only the best. It was an experience I was dreading but soon realized my fears were unfounded when everything worked out so easily. Thank you & well done”

If you have been thinking about a new water bore and live in the Wembley area or surrounds call us on 9246 0111 or get an online quote