When your home relies on a well for its water source, the well pump is a vital component. Unfortunately, many homeowners dismiss the importance of their well pump until they face catastrophic failure. The truth is that your well pump will tell you it's in need of service long before it actually fails if you know what you're watching for. Here are a few things you need to know.
If you turn on your faucets and your water periodically sputters, that's an indication that your well pump is being interrupted intermittently. The sputtering is an indication that the water flow is being disrupted, usually by a pump that's struggling to keep up. It's easy to overlook sputtering initially, especially because it usually starts so sporadically. But when you see a problem like this, it's an early warning sign of much bigger issues to come.
When you fill your sink only to see dirt and sediment settling at the bottom, that's an indication that your well pump is drawing up those particles from the well. Dirt and sediment building up in your well pump can lead to binding and eventual pump failure. You'll need to have the pump pulled and cleaned, then repositioned in the well so that it can't draw dirt from the bottom of the well structure.
If you're noticing low water pressure from your fixtures, that's another potential indication of pump issues. If the pressure problem is isolated to one fixture, it could simply be a problem with that supply line. However, if the pressure problem is widespread with all of your fixtures in the house, that's a key indication that your well pump may be struggling to keep up with the demand and may need maintenance or service.
Nobody wants to turn on the faucet only to find that there's no water coming from the well. However, if this happens to you, it could be the well pump to blame. You should go out and listen for the pump to engage when someone opens up a faucet. If you don't hear the pump engaging, check the breaker that controls the pump's power supply. If the breaker hasn't tripped, the pump is getting power, and the pump still isn't turning on, you'll need to have your well pump serviced to identify the source of the problem and restore your water flow.
Talk with a local well pump service like Hull Well & Pump Service today for more help.