Water Pumps: How To Maintain Your Well
If your home receives water via a well, you may already know how water pumps work. If you have a well and do not know how it functions, it’s important to have a basic understanding to allow you the ability to properly maintain your well. Once a well is drilled, typically, a well pump is installed along the well casing to lift water from below the ground into your home. Sizing for water pumps is determined by the size of your home, the number of plumbing fixtures, and water demands.
Typically, water pumps for residential use pump about 10 gallons per minute out of your well. This is achieved by using ½ horsepower motor. Ultimately though, the size of your water pump will vary based on the specifications listed above. If your home uses a large amount of water (maybe for irrigation purposes, or feeding animals) you’ll need to consider larger water pumps.
The main goal of your water well water pump is to maintain a constant supply of pressurized water inside your home and piping system. If your well pump is not functioning properly, you may notice one or more of these issues:
- Decreased water pressure
- No water at all
- Pulsing water
- Pump always running
- Dirty water
- Loud or unusual noises
- Air spitting from the faucet
- Unusually high electric bills
Maintaining your water pump and your well is important in sustaining a reliable water source, as well as extending the system’s overall lifespan and ensuring functionality and efficiency. Here are some tips on how to properly maintain water pumps and ultimately, your well.
- Clean Cooling fans – Regularly cleaning your pump’s motor cooling fan will help to prevent overheating, which can do long-term damage to your pump and lead to the need for well water pump replacement.
- Preventative Maintenance – Preventative maintenance is always better (and usually less costly) than reactive maintenance. Regular services every couple of years can help to identify and fix small problems and repairs before they turn larger, or result in the need for replacement.
- Check For Drips – If you notice water dripping from an water pump or any other parts of the system, this is a good indication that something isn’t right. This may be a minor repair, or you may need to replace parts.
- Be Aware When Landscaping – Make sure that the top of your well is at least 16 inches above the ground and be careful when mowing or doing yard work/landscaping around your well. Additionally, be mindful of where you are piling snow or leaves (avoid piling around your well).
The water supply within your home depends on the reliability and functionality of your well system, and water pumps. Servicing your well regularly can help to extend its lifespan, as well as ensure that your well is working as it should, and efficiently (to save on energy bills). Contact Kulk’s Plumbing & Heating for all water well pump services, repair, and/or replacement! In the case of a plumbing emergency, we offer 24 hour emergency plumbing services.