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If you rely on water from a well, then you know how essential a well water pump is. Moreover, not just any pump but a fully functional one. While you might want your pump to last us a lifetime, it is inevitable that you will have to change it at some point. Therefore, whether you are looking to swap your old and clunky pump for a new one, or you plan on drilling or digging a new well, you can count on us to install the best pump for your well.
If you have a modern pump whose installation was professional, it should serve you for years. However, not all homeowners know much about pumps and many do not realize when it is time to replace their well water pump. Often, your pump at home pumps water to a pressure storage tank, which then ensures there is even water pressure throughout the whole house. Any problems with pumping could point to the pump being too old to warrant a new installation, or it might be undersized and cannot perform as well as you thought.
In either case, we are able to assess whatever is plaguing your well pump, advise you accordingly, and install a completely new pump when necessary. All done with professionalism and reliant on the years of experience we have gathered over time as well pump specialists.
Common types of new well pumps
There is a variety of water pumps and it is important to know the kind of pump your home uses or needs.
Below, we look at some of the popular well pumps.
- Jet pumps: these type of pumps come in either a shallow or a deep variety. Most are installed in combination with a pressure tank. The shallow type draw water from around 25 feet using a single pipe while the deep one uses dual pipes and draws water from over 100 feet.
- Centrifugal pumps: this kind of pump is not that complicated. It features a single pipe that runs to the water column. Mostly, centrifugal pumps are used in shallow wells no more than 25 feet deep. The pump is responsible for conducting the ground water into the home.
- Submersible pump: submersible pumps are the most common in home wells. They are popular because they are efficient and only work when necessary. A submersible well pump will only pump water when needed and is ideal for deep wells.
How long do pumps last?
Submersible pumps like mentioned above are a favorite for homes. As the name suggests, these pumps are located inside the well and have a lifespan of between 8 and 10 years. There, however, are those that last up to 15 years, depending on the care and usage. Past 15 years of operations and you, really need to install a new pump in your well.
How to diagnose pump problems
Pump problems are not necessarily as a result of old age. You might have a 5-year-old pump that is not working as it used to when it was first installed. The water level might have dropped and your pump is laboring, or the pump might just not be the right size for your well.
In the case that you have expanded your home, then your previously efficient water pump may not be able to supply the new home as it did the smaller one. All these are reasons you should consider changing your pump and installing a new and better one.
Water pumps normally have an identification plate. You can check your pumps horsepower from this plate of from the paperwork from the installation. Determining the power of your well is pertinent to knowing why it is under-performing. More horsepower translates to the pump running fewer times and thus longer as it is able to pump more water when it runs.
Pumps can lose power and fail to work, as they should. In such a case, calling a professional is the only option. You might try to do the repairs yourself, but often, DIY repairs for machines like water pumps end up doing more damage than good. Another reason that your pump may not be working well is that the water table has fallen below where it used to be. This can be caused by drought or prolonged periods without rainfall. Signs that show low water table include water sputter or spitting from your faucets. Muddy or weird tasting water might also signal falling water table. In this case, you might need a stronger pump installed deeper so it can draw water better.
The reason behind installing a water reservoir or pressure tank is to save your pump and give it a rest every now and then. Where your pump has to run constantly to pump enough water for your household or farm use, there is a high likelihood that your pump will fail. The reason being that it is overworking. Even with a new pump installation, our advice is that you have a reservoir in place that has the capacity to hold enough water to last your household a day. That way, your pump runs less times daily and therefore will last you longer.
Finally, the sediment that passes through its components as it pumps water can damage your well pump. The abrasiveness of the minerals including dirt damages your pump assembly slowly and will with time reduce your water flow and eventually stop your pump from working.
To note is that there are some common reasons your pump will break. Sometimes you will need to change your pressure tank or the pressure switch. Then a time comes when the only solution available is to remove the old pump for a new one. Whichever it might be, we have the tools, capability, and know how to do the diagnosis of your water system, install a new pump, and ensure the installation works seamlessly for your household. If you suspect that there might be a problem with your pump, you had better have us check it out before it fails and leaves you and your family in peril.