In the United States, the quantity of water in underground storage is 20 to 30 times greater
than the amount in all lakes, streams, and rivers combined! To access this incredible amount of
underground water, known as an aquifer, wells are drilled deep into the bedrock.
Some aquifers are significantly large and extend over hundreds of square miles while others
are very localized supplying only a few hundred gallons per day.
Precipitation from the ground’s surface infiltrates through the soil and enters the cracks in the
bedrock, ultimately recharging the aquifer. The aquifer must continually be recharged in this
manner in order for a well water supply to be maintained. It should be noted that well water is a
limited resource and should be conserved. There is potential for a well and an aquifer supplying the well to run dry when more water is taken than is recharged. If this occurs, the existing well could be deepened, if possible, with the aim of tapping into another aquifer; however, a new well may have to be drilled in a new location.
When your home depends on a private well for water, it is up to you to resolve any problems that arise with the system. If you’re having trouble with your water system, look for signs that your submersible well pump is going out. Also check for anything else that might be causing the trouble. If you can’t be sure, it is time to call in a professional.
One of the first and most obvious signs that there is a problem with your well system is when you turn on a faucet and no water comes out. This can be a sign of trouble with the submersible pump, since if the pump is not working there is no way for water to get out of the well. However, a lack of water can also point to something as simple as a blown fuse in the pump house, a broken pipe or a clogged line. Check for the easiest and most obvious problems that could cause you to have no water before you suspect the submersible pump. A clogged pump will stop pumping, but in this case, you may be able to clean it out rather than replace it.
If you turn on a faucet and have some water but the pressure is not good, it could be that your submersible pump is going bad. A pump that is not running at full capacity may cause problems with the water pressure due to insufficient water being pumped. Before pulling the pump out of the well, though, check for other problems that can cause the same symptom. One common culprit in this case is a bad pressure tank. This piece of equipment is located in the well house and uses an air-filled bladder to keep the water pressure constant. If it is not working properly, pressure will drop. Look for leaks in the pressure tank or small leaks in your water pipes. If everything above ground is fine, then the problem is most likely the submersible pump.
A pump that runs constantly is most likely starting to encounter serious problems and may go out soon. When a submersible pump does not stop running, it may have a bad shutoff switch or a bad sensor, or the pump may be struggling to get enough water to the surface. The pump may also start and stop frequently, cycling on and off even when water is not needed. Frequent cycling can be a symptom of a minor problem, such as a waterlogged tank, but if it is not fixed, it will quickly destroy the pump.
So if you have questions or concerns regarding your well pump, give Yelm Plumbing and Pumps a call and lets us put your mind at rest.
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