Well Pump Problems That Could Affect Water Flow In Your House

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When your home is equipped with a well, it is essential for the pump to function if you want a strong flow of water coming into your house. When you notice low pressure or low flow of water, that is usually the first sign that something is wrong with the well pump. Here are some pump issues that may affect water flow in your home.

Low Power

If you are using more water than usual and you notice that the water flow isn't as strong as it used to be, your pump may be too small or low-powered to produce that quantity of water. An increase in demand may very well mean that you need a well pump that has more power. This problem can be easily fixed by having a stronger pump installed.

Cave-In

The walls of your well must remain intact so that the pump can continue to work. However, over time, the soil surrounding the walls may exert enough pressure to cause a cave-in, making it possible for soil to interfere with the ability of your pump to move clean water into the house. If this happens, you might need to have new walls made or move your well to another spot.

Shallow Well

Another cause of a weak flow of water is that the well is too shallow. A well pump, when working right, is submerged in water so that it can do its job. If your well isn't deep enough, water may not be able to collect enough to cover the pump, which causes a malfunction. Your well may need to be deepened to improve your water flow.

Cracks in the Pump

When the temperature drops, some pumps can be negatively affected. The water inside the well pump might expand because it freezes; as a result, the pump itself might crack and cease to function properly. In your house, you might notice that water flow becomes very low or completely stops.

To avoid this, ensure that the well pump is kept as warm as possible. You might want to erect a tiny structure to surround the pump; you can use a small heater to keep the area warm enough so you don't have to worry that the water will freeze.

If you notice low water pressure, it's a good idea to contact a professional water well contractor from a company like T. W. Stanley & Son Well Pump & Plumbing Repair who can look for the problems discussed in this article. They can make any repairs and advise you about any changes you might need to make so that your well pump can continue working well.

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28 March 2016

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Welcome to my website. I'm Albert Frost. Besides my dad, one of my biggest role models was my uncle Rick. He was a construction contractor who would let me come on his construction sites and also taught me everything he knew about building homes, including how to install hardwood flooring and add insulation. I always wanted to grow up to build houses like my uncle. I used to help my uncle with a lot of the grunt work needed to make a home a reality. But then I hurt my back playing football. Until I heal completely, I'm going to devote as much of my time as possible to teaching others about various construction topics I'm interested in.