Whether you purchased a property with a well already onsite or you had one drilled when you bought it, there are things you need to know about the maintenance and upkeep of the well and its components. While your well pump will give you many years of reliable service, the fact remains that it will malfunction or need replacement at some point. If you've never dealt with that before, the warning signs can be easy to overlook. If you're experiencing any of the problems below, you should call a well pump technician as soon as possible.
If you turn on the water only to have your faucets sputter and splash a bit, that's an indication that your well pump is struggling. It happens due to air in the system. While this is something that can occasionally happen, when it happens for a prolonged period or is happening frequently, it usually means your well pump is giving up.
If your water pressure has always been pretty consistent, then it drops significantly, that often means that your pump isn't keeping up with the demand. Usually a result of general wear and tear, it will likely require that you replace the pump to resolve the problem. Make sure that the low pressure is across the entire system, though. If it's limited to one faucet, it could be a sign of a pipe leak that needs to be addressed.
Dirt In The Water
If you're seeing dirt in the water, that's an indication of a couple of problems. First, dirt in the water usually means that either the pump was placed too far down, or the water level is getting low. However, dirt in the water also means that you have dirt in the pump. The dirt particles can cause significant wear and tear on the pump, which may result in complete pump failure.
If your well pump is short-cycling, that means it's running for a minute or so and turning off, just to repeat the process. While it may not seem like a really big deal, the truth is that it can cause a lot of wear and tear on the pump. Eventually, it can burn out the motor and lead to a complete well pump failure.
If you have any reason to question the integrity of your well pump, call a technician right away. It's better to be proactive and watch for signs of trouble than to be faced with a completely failed pump and no water in your home. For more information, contact a company like Jamison Well Drilling Inc.