Signs You Should Have Your Well Pump Checked

Residential water well pumps have saved many homeowners a lot of money. As such, you have to ensure your well pump is always in good condition. While most water well pumps are designed to last for 15 years, you still need to maintain them. With routine maintenance, you can squeeze more life from the pump. However, you have to get the pump checked if you see the following signs:

The Pump Runs Constantly

Your well pump shouldn't run non-stop unless there is an issue. Pumps that run for long periods tend to age significantly faster. Therefore, you'll need to have a plumber check what's causing the pump to run constantly. In most cases, it might turn out to be any of the following issues:

  • Leaks in the well piping
  • Damaged pump
  • The water level has dropped
  • Faulty pump pressure control switch
  • The pump has lost prime
  • You've got an appliance that keeps running

Your plumber should fix these issues, but you might also have to get a new well pump.

Sediment in the Water

Well water should always be clean. But if you see any signs of dirt, sediment, or sand, you need to call a plumber. You might also notice a metallic taste or smell coming from the well water. Most people assume that the problem is coming from the water. 

Surprisingly, the issue could be related to the well pump. If the pump is too powerful for your well, it will undoubtedly pull dirt and sediment from the bottom. A torn or damaged filter screen can also be a possible reason for your water being dirty.

Air Spitting From Faucets

Can you hear your faucets spitting air whenever you turn them on? Well, that's likely an indication that your pump has a problem. When that happens, the tap will tend to spit water everywhere. This scenario occurs when there is air trapped in your plumbing pipes. So, if air finds its way into the well piping, your pump may have a difficult time trying to pull water. That said, you'll need to have a plumber fix the airlock for the pump to function correctly.

Decreased Water Pressure

Dealing with decreased water pressure can be frustrating, especially when taking showers and cleaning dishes. But do you know that residential well pumps could be responsible for your reduced water pressure problem? Your pump is probably too small and is no longer drawing enough water for your household.

If you spot any of these problems with your residential water well pumps, don't hesitate to call a local plumber.