If you get your water from a well on your property, it saves you a considerable amount of money when compared to getting it from the municipal water supply. After all, you can consume as much water as you like without it costing you anything. However, what you do need to take into account is the condition of your well pump and its ability to pump the water from your well into your home.
Potential Problems with Your Well Pump
Unfortunately, just like with any equipment, a well pump can fail and require repairing. If your pump isn’t working properly, you might experience one or more of the following five problems:
- Irregular, fluctuating water pressure: If you open the faucet and the water is first a cascade, then a trickle, then a cascade again, then you have irregular water pressure. This usually indicates that your water tank is saturated. What this means is that the top half of the water tank, which is filled with air to force water into the pipes when a faucet is opened, has become waterlogged with water from the bottom half of the tank where the water is stored. As a result, there’s no more air pressure to push the water into your plumbing system and you experience intermittent water pressure. Additionally, because the pump will keep cycling on and off, your energy bill will rise. The only way to deal with this is to have a new tank installed.
- No water when you open the faucet: If the pump fails to deliver any water at all and the well switch is still on, then a breaker might have tripped. Usually, you can simply reset the breaker switch, but if it keeps tripping, then you probably have a problem within the well pump’s wiring.
- The pump doesn’t stop running: If the pump won’t stop running, then you’ll hear a constant clicking sound when the pressure switch keeps opening and closing. This can occur for a number of reasons and might indicate that the pressure switch needs replacing.
- You have pooling water or wet spots in your yard: If there are puddles or wet spots in your yard and you haven’t had excess rain lately, then one of the pipes leading from the water tank to your home has probably sprung a leak.
- Constantly low water pressure: This can occur for two reasons. First, if a pipe has sprung a leak, it will deliver less water to the plumbing system. And second, if you have a clog due to sediment buildup in the pipes, it will impact the water pressure. Any sediment buildup will need to be cleaned out by a professional, and in some cases, the pipe or pipes might need to be replaced.
Call Jones for Your Well Pump Repairs
When any part of your well pump system needs repairs, you’re best advised to call a professional plumber. Since it involves both electricity and water, this is not a typical DIY job you can do on your weekend off. So be smart, and contact a qualified plumber with proven experience in well pump repair.