Having a working water pump does more than just bring water into your home and business. Water pumps that are in proper working condition are efficient in cost and provide a safe water source for your daily routine. So, how do you keep your water pump functional? Here are three things to keep in mind when caring for your well water pump.
A high-quality water pump will pay for itself through fewer breakdowns and replacements. Care for your water pump starts by having the right size and style of pump installed for your well. Installing a pump too big may pull sand and other sediments from the surrounding aquifer, potentially clogging the pump motor and parts. Conversely, pumps too small for the well will have to work harder to keep up with the water demand from the home or business. This increases the need to repair well pumps.
You and your neighbor may have the same model of a water pump, but the signs of pending issues might be different. Here are four of the most common issues a water pump is heading for a repair or replacement.
A water pump with a broken check valve or other stop mechanism doesn’t know when to take a break and shut off. Because of this, the water pump is still using electricity, reflected in a higher monthly utility bill.
Low water pressure takes several forms. A slow trickle of water from the faucet and/or air which “spits” out instead of water are the most common forms. Yet, you may not need a Gainesville well pump repair. A clogged pump will cause these symptoms, but a clog can be cleared. If the home or business is more than 20 years old, steel pipes may clog with lime and other mineral deposits, causing low pressure or no water at all.
Sand, grit, and other sediments can appear in your water from time to time. But if it’s a regular occurrence, it’s time to look into Gainesville pump repair. Fine sand may mean the well is filling with sand, while the well screen could be deteriorating and allowing sand to enter.
Unfortunately, you can’t hear noises from a submersible well water pump. But with an above-ground system, you’ll likely hear mechanical noises when parts such as bearings, fittings, and housings wear out. Other noises may sound like clicking, banging, hammering, and slapping as the parts or pump itself wears out.
Regular maintenance of your water pump not only saves you money from costly repairs but assures consistent water flow and avoids water quality issues that can cause health problems.
There are many parts of a well which can impede water flow before the water reaches the pump. Regular maintenance will tell you (as well as our technicians) which of these parts, if any, need repairs or replacement long before the shower runs at a trickle.
Regular maintenance of your water pump will also indicate possible water quality issues. This includes conducting tests for bacteria, nitrates/nitrites, and any known local contaminants. But if the water has a change in taste, odor, or appearance, the water needs to be tested for safety, regardless of the maintenance schedule.
The water pump maintenance and repair professionals at Perry’s Pump Repair understand the necessity of a working water pump. We also know water pumps don’t always wait for a convenient time to need repairs. If your well pump breaks in the middle of the night or needs regular TLC, Perry’s Pump Repair is here for you.