Have A Well Pump? 3 Signs It Is Time For A Replacement

4 January 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

If you have a water well pump on your property and it is old, you may want to consider replacing it. There are some signs it can give you to tell you it is time to do so. Below are three of these signs so you will know when to call a well pump installation company.

Low Pressure

If you turn on a faucet in your home and there is low water pressure, this can make it difficult to shower, wash dishes, etc. The tank for your pump is a container that is completely closed when the pump fills it with water. As the water starts to fill up the tank, the air inside the tank compresses through a vinyl bladder that is filled with air. When the pressure in the tank is high enough, the pressure switch will trip. When you turn on a faucet inside your home, the pump squeezes the vinyl bladder to force water into the water pipes and into your home.

If you keep the water on long enough to lower the water pressure, the pressure switch turns the pump on and it goes through the same cycle again. Having low water pressure could be a problem with the pressure switch, vinyl bladder, or the entire well pump.

Smelly or Discolored Water

If your water is not completely clear and/or it has a bad smell to it, the water well pump is likely the problem. Your well likely has a buildup of rust and black or brown elements inside of it. You may also notice brown spots in your toilet tank that you cannot clean off. Some elements will put black stains on your clothes as well as put a coating inside the water lines for your refrigerator.

To take care of this problem, a well pump repair contractor will clean the inside of the well pump. How they do this depends on the type of well pump you have and how deep it is buried in the ground.

Runs Constantly

If you hear your pump running constantly, the problem could be due to a bad shutoff valve or there may be a bad sensor. In some cases, the problem is easy to repair. For example, the water well pump could be waterlogged. This puts a lot of pressure on your well pump as it is constantly working. You will also notice your electrical bill is much higher than usual.

For more information, contact local professionals like Mike's Pump and Well Service LLC.