SOFTENERS, SUBPUMPS, JET PUMPS & WELLS
Having your own well gives you a few advantages over using the municipal water supply, especially the lower monthly costs of having fresh clean water easily accessible in your home. But you also have more water technology to maintain and repair to keep that dependable supply running through your faucets. From major issues of a low-yielding well to the more common problems that can occur with the pressure tank, switches and pumps, there are various things to be informed about with your well water system.
First and foremost, the three main signs that your well pump may be going bad include:
- No water flow from faucets
- Poor water pressure
- Constantly running pump
More About Well Pumps
The type of water pump you have for your well is either a jet pump or a submersible pump. Jet pumps can be shallow or deep well pumps with the ability to pull up the water from 25 feet or 100 feet. Submersible pumps are installed deep inside your well and can push the water out of the well from hundreds of feet.
When properly taken care of, a submersible well pump can have a long life of up to 15 years, although it can be difficult to know just how old your well pump is if a previous homeowner had it installed. The above-ground jet pumps that are more commonly used with shallow wells have an average life span of 10 years.