We need a "home" section as much as we all work on our places.
Anyway, Moving intot he new house, the back porch is actually an old cistern. I can remember dad using it back in the 70's/80's for yard stuff and the drilled deep well would run out of water during dry seasons.
Once all of my sisters moved out and I went off to college in mid 80's the well was able to sustain mom /dad and the cistern quit being used. Dad even removed the Y pipe on the downspout that fed the cistern.
I have been thinking about inspecting and getting this thing back up so I can have an extra supply for yard stuff, barn animals if needed, etc so that leads me to a bunch of questions.
In the basement is still the old jet pump connected to a what looks to be 60 gal pressure tank, they are both easily 45-50 yrs old. I hit the switch for the pump and it does turn on, I know, doesn't mean it will pump. I read that the need primed somehow, the suction pipe goes from the floor, up towards the ceiling, out basement wall about 7 feet up then into cistern. I would imagine it elbows down and down to bottom of cistern. I have pulled lid on porch, looks to be about 1-2 feet of water in there.
Okay, so #1- any thoughts on how to prime/check out pump and what I should do with the pressure tank?
#2- I know I really need to pump out old water and clean inside there. I can get a submersible utility pump and get it all out, but.....then what? any thoughts on cleaning or sanitizing the walls/floor?
Maybe pool chlorine ( since I have 4 gallons) or Vinegar it before pumping ?
I know the cistern is the depth of the basement and it looks to be coated with an old rubber. I am wondering if once cleaned and dries out some if I should go back and recoat walls with a rubberized coating again? not really worried about outside walls, but the one cistern wall is also the basement wall, don't need a wet basement.
It is also pretty sealed from the outside. HD steel lid in porch and I will be making a new drain pipe off gutters using a first flush pipe.
I know I will have more questions, but this gets me started. I may have to buy a new pump and bladder tank, but just need to get my head around on what direction to take. I think I am grandfathered in with having the cistern and since it's not hooked into main supply right now, I'm good....and no one else knows about it anyway