Have A Well? Know About These 3 Potential Problems

Posted on: 18 April 2018

If your home relies on a well to provide water, you may be well aware that it can have problems. If the pump stops working for any reason, you won't have running water until you get it repaired. It will help to diagnose a well water problem on your own, since it may be simple enough to fix without the help of a plumbing company.

Lack of Power

A power outage is a common problem that can affect your well pump, and it's more common to happen in rural areas that have blackouts and power surges. A sudden surge of electricity can cause circuit breakers to trip, which include the one going to your well pump.

If the pump appears to have no power running to it, start by checking your home's circuit breaker. A circuit in the off position should be switched back on, but it can even help to flip the pump's circuit off and on again if it looks like it is on.

See if this fixed the problem, even for a moment, before suddenly shutting down again, This can let you know that there is an electrical problem that needs to be solved or if the pump has completely failed.

Lack of Water

Have you turned on your faucets to have no water or air sputtering out from them? This is caused by a pressure switch problem, which is the device that prevents water from being continually pumped if a pipe bursts. When no water is coming out from a faucet, there are a couple ways to diagnose the problem.

Inspect the physical pressure switch, since there may be signs that the device has been triggered. It will involve resetting the switch to get water flowing again. It's also possible that you unknowingly have a leak in your home that is caused the pressure switch to shut down the water.

Lack of Water Pressure

If the water flows out and lacks pressure, it can be due to the pressure tank needing assistance. Check to see if the pressure tank is waterlogged by opening the relief valve on it. If you see water spray out from the valve, there is too much water in the pressure tank. The rubber bladder in the pressure tank can also be broken, which will require replacing this specific part. If the bladder cannot fill up, it won't force the water out from the tank.