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Answered 2009-08-20 00:01:13

When your house is fed by a pump, it is fed into a water tank. That tank has a layer of air under pressure on top and water underneath. When you turn on a faucet, the air pressure forces water through your faucet. When your water pressure gets low, the pump turns on. Then the pump fills up your tank.

Every now and then, the tank loses all its air and gets completely full of water. When that happens, you hear loud hammering. Then you have to bleed the tank by getting rid of all the water in it. You save enough to clean it. Hopefully, you can find the directions that came with it. If you can't, here is a procedure that has been used.

You shut down the electricity. You drain the tank. You clean it out. You get rid of the gunk that built up. Then you close it up. You turn on the pump. The water that runs in compresses the air in the tank. That will give you the water pressure when you turn on your faucet before the pump kicks in.

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