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After struggling for months to make my plumbing system work properly, I started realizing that part of the problem might be the supplies I was using. I began working hard to make sure that things were right, and it became clear to me that I needed to invest in different equipment. It was really incredible to see how much of a difference a few of the right plumbing supplies made, and I was able to get things fixed up. This blog is all about finding great plumbing supplies to make your home better than ever. After all, you never know what you will need to fix.


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3 Signs Your Well Pump Is In Distress

Shannon Obrien

Water is crucial to your home and family's needs. Unfortunately, bringing water into the home requires a system that can be complicated at times. Some individuals receive their home's water through the city or county while others have an actual well on their property. There are many misconceptions surrounding well water, but it is a beneficial avenue for your home's water supply. If you are part of the 43 million people in the United States with a private well, you are most likely enjoying good-quality water for free. Unfortunately, you may not realize maintenance is required on the pump that brings water into your home from the well. If you are experiencing one or more of the following signs, there is most likely an issue with your well pump.

Increased Energy Bills

While you do not have to pay for the actual water, well pumps do require energy to produce water pressure for your home.

The total amount of energy usage depends on your home's use of water. However, a sudden increase in your energy bills without an actual increase in your water usage may indicate an underlying problem.

Short cycling is also an issue that may increase your energy bills. Short cycling refers to the constant turning off and on of your water pump. In most cases, loss of air inside the water pump causes short cycling.

Electrical issues can also lead to the pump short cycling. If the water pressure control switch wears out, the pump will turn off and on constantly until the switch burns out completely.

If you notice an increase in your energy usage and do not see any obvious signs that may indicate this increase, consult a water well contractor who can inspect your well pump.  

Discolored Water

One of the most obvious signs your pump is in distress is discolored water. If a glass of water appears brown or you notice actual sediment floating in the water, you need to rule out issues with your water heater first.

Fill a glass with hot water and then fill a glass with cold water. If only the hot water is discolored, the issue is caused by sediment inside your water heater tank. If both the hot and cold water are discolored, it may stem from an issue in your well pump.

If the water level is low, the pump will bring well water, dirt, and mud back up into your home's supply. This discolors the water while also giving it an unpleasant taste and odor. The dirt and mud can also clog up the pump, reducing the amount of water moving into your home.

There are many reasons why the water level inside the well is suddenly low. Changes in the earth's surface, which may stem from an Earthquake, or improperly installing the pump at the correct depth can all cause this issue.

It is also important to note that consuming dirty, discolored water is not recommended. Contact a well contractor to address the issue before using the water for drinking, bathing, or cooking.

Reduced Water Pressure

Another sign that your well pump is in distress is a significant reduction in water pressure. Unfortunately, this can be a bit challenging to diagnose because there are many plumbing issues that can reduce water pressure.

Plumbing leaks, whether in the actual well tank, pump, water heater, or interior fixture can all affect the water pressure. Small cracks in the tank and pump are also a cause for concern. Not only will these begin leaking slowly, reducing your home's water pressure, but they can also expand into larger issues that may cause the tank and pump to explode and fail completely.

A well pump may not seem like a priority, but issues with this component can affect your home and family's needs. To learn more about maintaining or repairing your well pump, contact your contractor today.