If you live in a rural area outside Harrisburg, PA, there’s a good chance you use a well. And that well uses a well pump to extract the water from the ground into a system that provides your home with clean water that’s safe to drink. But, what happens when your well pump stops working?
Most likely, there isn’t much you can do on your own. Luckily, the team at G.F. Bowman, Inc. is standing by to assist with all of your well pump repair and replacement needs.
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What Is a Well Pump?
A water well pump is a device that extracts water from the ground and transports it to a pressurized storage tank to deliver clean water for a household.
There are two main types of well pumps:
Jet: Jet pumps use two pipes and consist of two pipes. Jet pumps are often used alongside a pressure tank. They can be used in shallow or deep well applications.
Submersible: This type of pump is fully immersed in water and uses one pipe to push water upward. They are often used with deep wells and use less energy than jet models since they use water pressure to push the water into the pump.
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How Can You Tell if Your Well Pump is Bad?
There are a few ways to tell if your well pump will need to be repaired or replaced in the near future. Avoid an emergency and catch a problem sooner than later. If you notice any of the following, call G.F. Bowman, Inc. for an accurate diagnosis and the right solution:
- No water - If you turn on the faucet and nothing comes out, it might just be a tripped breaker. But if you check the electrical panel and the switch to your pump is on, then there’s a problem with the well or pump. Overuse of water in the summer or spring can cause this. Sometimes the best way to fix this is to lower the pump deeper into the well.
- Sputtering faucets - This indicates that there is air in the system coming either from the pump itself or the water pipe. A skilled and experienced plumber will be able to diagnose this issue properly.
- Cloudy water - Muddy water is an indication that the pump is pulling from shallow water where there is more sand and silt. It can also mean that the pump is not filtering the silt properly. The sand and silt not only creates a problem of murky water but also causes the pump to wear out more quickly. Make sure to get the issue fixed quickly.
- High utility bills - Is your energy bill higher than usual without an obvious reason? Your pump could be malfunctioning and running on overdrive. The fix may be that the pressure switch needs readjusting.
Dealing with a well pump issue but not sure if you need to repair or replace? Our expert plumbers can help from sizing your new pump to installing it safely and to code.