Not everyone gets their water directly from the city. In many places, homeowners rely on private wells to get their water. These wells need reliable water pumps in order to keep the water flowing to faucets, showers, and other household fixtures.
If you live in a house with a well, it’s important that you understand how water pumps work. In this article, we’ll explain this and show you some signs that an existing well pump is ready for replacement.
What are Water Pumps Used For?
Water pumps are used to extract water from a personal well and move it into a storage tank, where it can then be used to provide running water throughout a home.
Generally, pumps are set to push water into the reserve tank until the air pressure in the tank reaches a preset level. At this point, it stops filling the tank until you use the water in your home. Once the water level in the reserve tank drops, your pump will begin filling it once more.
Now, all that makes sense, but you may be wondering why people have wells instead of just getting water from the city. While many homes do get water from their municipality, countless people live far away from major and mid-sized cities. These people need a reliable way to get water to their homes, and a private well and pump is the best way to do it.
How to Tell If You Need a New Water Pump
Replacing a well pump is not an easy job. That said, if you can find out that the pump is going bad before it gives up completely, you can save yourself a significant headache.
Here are a few signs that your well pump may be ready to be replaced:
- Water pressure changes: If your water pressure changes unexpectedly throughout the home, it might be because of your pump. Call a professional to come take a look and determine the cause. A drop in water pressure can indicate countless issues, but all of them should be looked at by a professional.
- Pump noises: If machines make weird noises, that’s probably a bad sign. That’s also true of your well pump. Usually, it means that a part is loose or wearing out.
- Faucets spitting water: Water spitting from faucets could indicate an issue with the air bladder in your pump.
- Pumps running constantly: Well pumps aren’t supposed to run all of the time. If you notice that your water usage hasn’t changed, but your pump is constantly running, it may be time for a replacement.
- Sediment in the water: Pumps are supposed to filter out sediment from the water. If you notice sediment, then your filter may have an issue.
- High utility bills: When something is wrong with your pump, it could cause it to run constantly or inefficiently. Your utility bill may raise a red flag before you notice something is amiss.
Have Us Install Your Water Pump Today
If you just moved into a house with a well, or need a new well pump to replace your old one, then Mr. Rooter Plumbing has the tools to get the job done. We have decades of experience working on all kinds of plumbing projects, including well pump installation and well pump service. Call us at (855) 982-2028 or request an estimate online to solve your well pump problems today!