The heart of your well water system — what keeps it running and operating — is the well pump. In the event that the pump stops working the way it should, it is important that you take immediate action since delaying the repair of your well pump could lead to your household being without water and the possibility of requiring a brand-new well pump completely. The best thing you can do is be familiar with the signs of well pump failure. Keep reading to learn four of them.
Lack of Water
If you have no water, you will know for sure that there is an issue with the well. Unless your well has run dry, which is unlikely in most cases, the lack of running water means that you are dealing with the failure of a crucial component, and more often than not, the culprit is the pump.
If you notice that the water coming out of your fixtures is looking a bit dirty, avoid drinking it or even using it to wash with. Dirty water is often a sign that the pump is not only bringing up water but also sediment. This generally happens when the well pump is too large for the well or installed too far down into the well.
If you turn on your fixtures and only get a trickle of water coming out, then you are dealing with low water pressure. The tiniest of holes can cause the tank pressure to be compromised, requiring pump repair. However, bear in mind that low water pressure can also be a result of problems with the pipes. For instance, you may experience problems with a decrease in pressure if there is a pipe narrowed or punctured as a result of scaling from hard water.
Strange Sounds or Spitting
If your well pump is struggling, you may hear some strange noises when you try to use water in the house. If you hear anything weird, contact a contractor to perform an investigation. If you notice that these sounds are accompanied by water spitting or gurgling, then air is making its way into the pipes at some point. While this may be due to leaky pipes, it is often a problem that requires pump repair.
When you are faced with any of the aforementioned issues or any other problems related to your well water, it is important that you contact a well pump repair service to check it out.