Like most things in life, owning a well pump system comes with its ups and its downs. Well pumps are able to provide you and your family with a cost-efficient way to maintain access to clean water for your home. However, well pumps are also bound to come with some issues. And since this is your main source of water you’ll want to fix these issues as quickly as you can. Here’s what we would consider to be the most common issues that you’ll run into with your well pump.
If your pump seems like it’s training for a marathon, that’s something you’d want to take a second look at. The easiest way to spot this is from the sound of the pressure switch opening and closing over and over again, so keep your ear out! This may simply mean that it’s time for a new replacement pressure switch for your system.
No water at all
Almost the opposite, if your pump is failing to give you any water at all, that’s obviously something to get checked out. Oftentimes, if your well switch is still on, the cause of the issue is a tripped breaker. Then simply reset the breaker. However, if this problem keeps occurring, you may have a bigger issue at hand that’ll involve rewiring the system.
If you wake up to a large puddle of water pooling in your lawn, without there being any rain, this is likely from your well pump. Good news is you now have a pond, enjoy it! Bad news is, the pipes in your well system probably burst underground and are leaking. For this, you’d either need to get the pipes patched up, or you’d need to replace the leaking pipe entirely.
The most common and the most broad set of issues in a well pump system are those concerning water pressure. If your water is constantly at a low pressure, this may be a problem with the pipes. It’s possible you could have a leak that hasn’t made its way above ground, or that the pipes may have a buildup of sediment within them.
If your water pressure is fickle, bouncing back and forth between too low and too high, this may be an indicator of an issue with your water tank. It’s best to get things checked out but it’s probable that a new tank would need to be installed.
Having your own well pump and water system can be an extremely easy and fulfilling way to get fresh water on the cheap. However, it’s important to know what can go wrong with your system and what to look for if a problem arises. Be sure to check out your pump on a weekly basis and make sure everything is working in tip-top shape for the best well pump experience!
At Faulstick Plumbing, we specialize in installs, repairs, and inspections for all of your well, water, and plumbing needs. Our family-owned and operated business has built a reputation as the best-doing things the right way with the customer in mind, every time. Give us a call at 570-992-0447 to discuss your needs today!