Water wells can develop various problems. When these things happen, you often notice a change in your water supply or in the way your system works. How can you tell if your well or any of its parts need a repair?
1. Changes in Your Water Supply
The water you draw from your well should come through your system consistently and at the same flow rates. One of the first signs that you have a problem is a change to your water supply.
For example, your water might simply stop running completely. Or, its pressure rate might decrease to a slow running speed or even to just a trickle. Sometimes, water will splutter out of faucets or supply taps rather than running smoothly.
In some cases, these problems are a sign that you have a problem with the levels of water in your well. If it doesn't contain enough water, then it can't feed your system. This can happen temporarily during hot weather or periods of drought. It might also mean that you need to deepen your well to access more water.
However, these problems can also be caused by part faults. For example, if your well pump isn't at the right level, then it might not have access to enough water to pump it into your system at the right volumes. You might need to move the pump into a better position.
Electrical problems, breakdowns, or general wear and tear can also affect your water supply. For example, if your pump's motor overheats, then it might stop working until it cools down to safe levels.
2. Changes in Your Operating Noise
The pumps in water wells do make some noise as they work. However, you should be concerned if your system suddenly gets louder or starts to make noises you haven't heard before.
Unusual noises are typically a sign of a pumping problem. Sometimes, a pump will get really noisy before it breaks down completely. However, this can also be a fixable problem.
For example, pumps can get clogged up with sediment and dirt from the bottom of a well. Once cleaned and checked, they will run more quietly as they won't contain noise-making materials.
Excess noise can also be caused by cavitation. This process happens when a pump has pressure problems. It creates bubbles in its water that affect its impeller.
While this sounds harmless, cavitation bubbles can actually seriously damage your well pump as well as its impeller. It can make the pump overheat and damage its sensors and motor. A fast impeller repair or replacement can prevent this from happening.
To get learn more, contact a water well repair technician.