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If you depend on a well for your home's water, you may have noticed that your water is not running as it should and suspect the problem lies with the pump. If so, look for the following signs that there is a problem with your water pump.
Little Water Pressure
One of the first things that may have alerted you to a potential problem with your well's water pump was when you noticed a change in your water pressure. Whenever you turn on one of your faucets, you may notice that the water's stream is weak or even dribbling.
If you have low water pressure, the water pump's motor may be wearing out and cannot fully push the water through the pump. Because of the lack of force, the water then loses its pressure, especially by the time it travels from the well to your home's faucets.
Gurgling Sounds When Faucets Are On
Another sign that there could be a problem with your well's water pump is the presence of gurgling sounds when you turn your faucets on. You may also see the water intermittently sputter out.
If you hear gurgling and bubbling noises, this is usually a sign that air is trapped in your water lines. This problem could be caused by two things.
The first potential cause of the noises is that the water level in your well is low. If the water dips below the pump's intake valve, it will suck in air along with any remaining water.
Another possible cause is a break in the water intake pipe or in the pump's casing. If there is a crack or hole in either one of these areas, air will be sucked into the pipe.
When the air mixes with the water, bubbles and gaps are formed in the water. Then, when you turn on your faucets, the air is forced through the spigots along with the water, which you then see sputter out instead of having a steady flow.
If you check the level of your well's water and find it is not low, the latter explanation is likely the culprit. You will then need a professional to determine whether the intake pipe or the pump itself is in need of repairs.
If you notice any of the above signs, your well's water pump is starting to go bad. Before it quits on you completely, contact a contractor who specializes in water pump repair to have them inspect the unit to find out what needs to be done to fix it.Share