Residential well water systems can be a great water source for your home, and keeping them running properly is relatively easy. Once the system is in place, there are a few things you need to do regularly, but most of the time, the system will run for many years without a lot of extra work from you.
Checking The Well Pump
While you can't inspect the pump in your well water system because it is more than likely at the bottom of the well, there are some things you can check to help determine if the pump is working correctly. The pressure tank that holds water in your house until you need it should have a pressure gauge on the line that will indicate the pressure coming in from the well.
Checking the pressure coming to the tank from the well is often an excellent way to ensure the pump is functioning correctly, but you will need the pump running to see that. Turn on a faucet in your home and let it run so the tank pressure drops and the pump will kick on to fill the tank.
You can then note the pressure in the line and record it so you have a history of the line pressure over time. If there is a change in the pressure, it can indicate an issue with the pump in the well water system. A significant pressure drop could indicate a failing pump, and calling a well pump repair service might be necessary.
Look For Leaks
Check around the pressure tank and the plumbing coming into your home for any indication that the well water system is leaking. The pressure tank can develop leaks over time, and if there is any water escaping the tank, you may need to replace it.
The pressure tank has a rubber bladder inside the tank, and a leak from it often indicated a hole in the bladder that will get worse over time. If you think the pressure tank in your well water system is leaking, have a professional well service check the tank for you immediately. The longer the leaking tank sits with pressure in it, the more likely a small leak will become a large one that causes the tank to fail.
There are many parts in your well water system that you can't check on your own, but having a well pump service come and inspect the system once a year or anytime something seems off is an excellent way to ensure the system is functioning as it should. A professional tech can test the pressure switch, check the pump flow and the entire well water system for you and make repairs if necessary.
Reach out to a professional who handles well water systems for more information.