If you have a well and a well pump, then you need to watch your water supply system quite closely to ensure that everything is working the way that it should. And, sometimes the well pump will show signs of a disrepair issue that should be addressed as soon as possible by a professional. Keep reading to learn about some common signs, symptoms, and what they may mean.
Cloudy or Dirty Water
If you notice that the water that comes out of your faucets is suddenly dirty or cloudy, then this signifies an issue with your well water system. And, there are a few potential issues that may be happening. The well itself may have a low water level. This means that water at the bottom of the well must be pulled through the pump and the rest of the system. This portion of the well is where all of the rock, dirt, and other sediment is able to collect. You should check your water level to see if this is the case with the help of a weight and a string. A long pole or dowel can also help with this.
You should know that there is also a small screen or filter on the water supply line that runs from the well pump to the water containment tank. This screen needs to be cleaned on occasion, so remove it, rinse it out, and replace it. Test your water to see if this assists with the cloudy water issue.
If the water level is normal and the filter is clean, then there is a chance that the well screen is ripped, broken, or dislodged. This screen is located on the bottom part of the well pump. It can be found on the intake portion of the pump where water is pulled into the device. A break to this screen requires professional replacement after the pump is pulled up from the well.
If you find that there is no water running to your home, then this can be a sign of a few different issues, including a failed well pump. To figure out if this is the case, you want to try a few things first. First, you want to make sure that the system is getting the electricity it needs, so check all fuses both inside and outside the home. If the fuse that controls power to the well pump is reset and it flips again, this a sign of an electrical issue with the pump that should be investigated right away.
Also, the water pressure switch may be broken that indicates that the pump should activate. If you notice that the water in the tank is low and the pump is not trying to activate, then the switch may need to be replaced.
If you have checked some of these other issues and notice that the pump is making a strange noise or not working at all, then contact a professional to check the pump itself. Click for more.