Regularly servicing your well system will ensure it has an adequate flow of water. Otherwise, the unit can dry up. If you are using your well water for drinking or cooking, maintenance will help you have clean water. Well water can get contaminated with coliform and E.coli, leading to health issues, such as typhoid, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and cholera.
A well pump is one of the components you need to take care of. This article will discuss the signs indicating it's time to repair or replace your well pump.
Reduced Water Pressure
With time, your well pump will start to deteriorate due to wear and tear. This issue will affect the pump's efficiency and flow of water. Your pipes can also get broken, or you could have clogged well screens due to debris, restricting water movement. Additionally, your pipes can get corroded due to rust.
The pump's inner parts will react with oxygen from the water, forming a thin coating on its surface. The coating will peel off gradually and accumulate in the pump, causing poor water flow.
Pumping Sand or Sediment
If you notice sand, silt, or debris coming from your well pump, this should be a cause of concern. The issue could be due to your pump sitting too deep in the well. The pump is supposed to maintain some distance from the well's base. Otherwise, it can absorb sand and silt if the component gets too low.
A clogged well screen can also cause your system's components to pump sand and sediment. The well screen is supposed to prevent sediment from seeping into the well system. However, the screen can degrade due to wear and tear, allowing sediment to pass through it.
If your pump is the wrong size for your well, it may overpower it. As a result, the pump can suck in sand sediment from the ground. You should contact a well professional if you suspect you installed the incorrect well pump size for your unit.
Irregular Cycling of Pump
There's a problem when your water pump turns on and off too frequently. The first culprit is the water tank's loss of adequate air charge. This issue can be due to a damaged bladder. The bladder is responsible for maintaining the optimum water pressure in the distribution system. You will have to replace the component if it's damaged.
Your water pump pressure control switch can malfunction due to a tripping circuit breaker, leading to irregular cycling of the well pump. You will have to replace the faulty breaker.
Contact a local plumbing service to learn more.