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The pump in your well should ensure that you get a constant water supply in your home. If your pump isn't working correctly, then you'll notice changes in your supply. These changes can have various causes.
Read on to learn more about common well pump problems.
1. Spitting Faucet Water
Water should have a smooth and even flow out of your faucets. If your pump has a problem, then water might start to spit when you turn on a faucet in your home. This spitting might die down after a while or it might be continuous.
Spitting is usually a sign that you have air in your system. While this air can lodge in other places, it is also commonly found in pumps. If the problem is continuous, then you could have a damaged pipe in your pump that needs to be repaired or replaced.
2. Low Water Pressure
If your water starts to run at a lower pressure than usual, then you might have a blockage in your system. If something impedes water flow, then the water coming out of your faucets will be slow and sluggish. It won't run at the right pressure level.
Bacterial build-up on and in a pump can cause this problem. In some cases, you can use a chemical treatment to get rid of the build-up. However, if your pump is badly affected, then you might need to remove and clean it manually.
3. Cloudy Water
Your well water should run clear. If it looks cloudy when it comes out of your faucets, then it might be contaminated by sand from the bottom of your well. You can tell if the water contains sand by filling a glass with water and leaving it for a few minutes.
If the water clears and sand drops to the bottom of the glass, then your pump might not be able to filter sand at the moment. This often happens when your water levels are low and your pump has to work with less water at the bottom of the well. Its filtration parts might fail.
4. Increased Power Bills
If your power bills have increased for no obvious reason, then it's worth checking out your well pump. If you can hear your pump running all the time, then it might have a failing part. For example, its pressure switch might be broken. When this happens, the pump will cycle on constantly. It won't be able to turn itself off at the right times.
To find out more about these and other pump problems, contact water well pump repair contractors.