If your home draws water from a well, you have the advantage of not paying municipal water prices but you incur the responsibility of maintaining the equipment that runs the water into your home. Understanding the proper function of your well pump can ensure necessary water flow into your home, and knowing simple troubleshooting steps will help you determine if you need to call a plumber.
If you’re experiencing reduced or no water flows from your fixtures, low water pressure, or notice that your well pump is running constantly, your well pump may be nearing the end of its life. Well pumps have a life expectancy of 8-10 years on average, but of course, that’s dependent on the usage, amounts of sediment in the water, and having an appropriately sized pressure tank.
If you notice any of the aforementioned issues, there are a few things you can check before calling a plumber. First, is the circuit for your well in the “on” position on your electrical panel? If it’s off, try turning it back on to see if it starts running. Second, is your pressure tank reading at least 20 psi? Lack of a pressure reading will indicate issues with the well, well pump, or other components. And third, is there any standing water on your property, specifically between the well and the house? Standing water could indicate a broken line. Another thing to look for is large amounts of sediment in your water, as that could be an indication of a partially collapsed well.
With the right amount of knowledge, you can prolong the life of your well pump and avoid costly repairs and replacement. For well pump service or replacement, contact us today!