Not Getting Enough Water From The Well To The House? Why It May Not Be Your Pump
Before you get well pumps repairing services on the line, you should know that not being able to get the water you need does not mean your pump has a problem. In fact, there are several other components and factors that could be the problem. The following issues are commonly mistaken for well pump problems, but will require a very different solution.
Most people do not realize that their reserve tanks have an "air bladder." These air bladders are responsible for creating both the vacuum and the pressure needed to pull water from the reserve tank and push it into the plumbing inside the house. (The water pump pumps water from the well and pushes it into the reserve tank--similar to the air bladder, but at a different service point in the line.) If your air bladder is shot, it will need to be replaced before the water delivery to the inside pipes can continue.
Dry or Almost Dry Well
Many homeowners can practically kick themselves when a well pump repair technician comes out and the problem is actually the well. A dry or almost dry well will not have enough water for the pump to draw up. There may be a few gallons left in the bottom of the well, but unless you have a fully-submersed well pump, there is no way the pump is going to be able to drain the well. Additionally, some wells just dry up and evaporate or empty when a new channel in the ground opens up. The only solution here is to dig a new well.
Choked off Pipes
Well pipes may be choked off completely. Debris from the well may be to blame, or the lines may be choked off by thick root systems from bushes and/or trees. Only so much water can get through these roots when they break through the pipelines. In addition to blocking the water off, a badly choked and broken pipeline will allow all of your water to leak out into the surrounding ground and feed every green thing within fifty feet of the choked/broken pipe.
The Natural Workings of a Well Pump
The most common mistake that homeowners make with regards to well pumps is that they expect the pumps to draw water on demand. That is actually only partially true. When the reserve tank runs low, the pump kicks on to refill it. The pump does not kick on when you wash the dishes, do a load of laundry, flush a toilet and take a shower all at the same time. If you do not have enough water at these times, it has more to do with your consumption than it does with your well pump.
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