Your San Diego home’s well pump is likely not an item you think about on a daily basis – unless something goes wrong. However, along with your pressure tank, this critical component of your home’s plumbing system helps provide you with adequate water and water pressure to accomplish essential tasks of daily living like bathing, showering, washing dishes, and doing laundry. In other words, when your water supply begins failing, it’s essential to consider your well pump and pressure tank as a likely culprit.
How Can You Tell Your Water Pump Is Failing?
Your well pump serves to draw the water out of your well for storage in the pressure tank; from there, the pressure tank provides the necessary water pressure to be piped into your home. Issues with either can cause a number of symptoms, including:
- Unreasonably high bills. Issues with a well pump or pressure tank can seriously reduce the efficiency of your home’s plumbing system, increasing your water bills in the process. In addition, continuous cycling can cause your electric bills to jump, causing a one-two punch of increased costs.
- Loss of water pressure. The number one sign of a pressure tank or well pump issue is a sudden loss of water pressure. In addition, fluctuations in pressure can indicate an ongoing or slowly building problem you should address immediately before the issue becomes more serious.
- Sputtering faucets. Your pressure tank utilizes a rubberized bladder full of air to provide pressure. A leak in your pressure tank bladder can inject random spurts of air into your water, and cause water to sputter or spit intermittently out of your faucets instead of flowing smoothly.
- Constant clicking noises. If your pressure tank bladder has a leak, the resulting air can activate the pressure switch frequently, causing a clicking noise. Leaks can also cause your well pump to start and stop at random, which places undue strain on the pump and shortens its lifespan.
- Suddenly hot water. If you have an older home without a modern pressure balancing spool in your tub and shower valves, flushing the toilet can cause a drop in cold water pressure to the shower. The result is a sudden burst of hot water – and an unpleasant shower.
Have you noticed the above signs of a failing well pump or pressure tank? If so, contact the experts at Mr. Rooter San Diego County as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for repair or replacement.