4 Common Well Pump Problems

18 August 2022
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Your well system needs regular maintenance to perform efficiently. A well-maintained system will have an adequate flow of water that's safe for drinking. Also, proper care will boost your well system's lifespan.

Additionally, servicing your well's components, such as the pump, will help you avoid costly repairs. Plumbing professionals won't just inspect your unit. They will use the opportunity to detect any future problems your investment may have.

The following are common issues your well pump may have.

Lower Water Table

The water table in your geographic area can significantly drop. This problem might be caused by a prolonged drought which will dry up the underground water reserves. Also, when there are too many well systems in your area, they can overwhelm the aquifer and deplete it. Additionally, excessive agricultural demand on the underground water or poor environmental practices like deforestation can contribute to a lower water table.

If your well's water table drops, your pump will release dirty, discolored water. If you are using a submersible pump, you will have to push the pump deeper so that it reaches the water below.

Wrongly-Sized Water Tank and Pump

Your water tank should match your home's water demand. If the tank is too small, the water will be depleted quickly, forcing your pump to work for longer hours to compensate for the deficiency. Similarly, a smaller pump may not be able to draw enough water to meet your home's demands. Hence, the pump will overwork, making it susceptible to frequent breakdowns. 

Your former contractor may have installed the wrong pump for your home. You should call a plumber to help you find the right one that's suitable for your needs. Otherwise, you may buy a larger-than-necessary pump that requires more maintenance. Also, a larger pump will consume more energy, leading to increased utility bills.

Sediment Deposits

If you live in an area with hard water, the sediment from the water can gradually accumulate in your pump system. The sediments will cause blockages that restrict water movement. Therefore, your home may not receive sufficient water. Apart from sediments, other particles such as dirt and debris can accumulate in your equipment and impede proper water flow.

Air Release

If you notice your faucets are releasing air, your pump has likely malfunctioned. A damaged pipe may have leaks that will cause air to sneak into your piping system. The air will travel through the pump and try to escape through your faucets and other open terminals. This problem is most common in older water pumps that have degenerated due to wear and tear.

For more information about well pumps, contact a local contractor.