There are plenty of benefits to well water when compared to city or public water sources, including a lack of chemical treatments and more natural, healthy minerals. However, maintaining a deepwater well can be a bit complicated, especially when faced with some common well and pump issues. Read on to learn more about problems that many homeowners with wells face, along with some real solutions for your plumbing system!
Problem: No Water
If you ever turn your faucet on and no water comes out, it does not necessarily mean the well has gone dry. In fact, a completely dry well is actually quite unlikely. A lack of water could be caused by something as simple as a tapped circuit breaker to your well pump. If this is the case, then simply flip the breaker on and try again. Another common cause for lack of water lies within the local water table. Sometimes, your well water can fall far below the pump depth during the summer or during very dry conditions (like a drought). In this scenario, decreasing water use for a few days can really help. Or, if the problem continues or starts happening more frequently, then lowering the pump may be a more viable choice.
Problem: Cloudy Water
If your drinking water is beginning to look muddy or cloudy, it is probably due to a sinking water table. When your pump tries to pull from any shallow water, it could bring slit and sand right into the water supply. This can also be a clear sign that your pump is failing to filter debris efficiently, so keep a close eye on the problem as wear and tear could be a costly issue to handle.
Problem: Bad-Tasting Water
Corroded pipes could cause poor tasting or smelling water, but more often than not, this common issue is caused by natural soil changes or bacteria. If your water smells or tastes funky, it’s time to call the professional plumbers from B&D to test the water quality.
Problem: Sputtering or Spitting Water
If your faucets have started sputtering or spitting with use, it is a tell-tale sign that there’s some air in your plumbing system. This could be caused by a broken pump or crack within the water pipe, both of which will have to be redesigned by pulling at the well.
Problem: High Utility Bills
If your utility bills are higher than average and there is no apparent reason for this, you might want to take a look at your pump. Call a professional plumber for well maintenance to help save some money in the long term.
Get in Touch With B&D Today!
Dealing with any plumbing concerns that require a professional to step in? Struggling with an absolute plumbing emergency that can’t wait? Let B&D Plumbing know. B&D Plumbing Inc. services the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia. Get in touch with us by calling (301) 595-1141 or follow us on social media including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. As a small, family-owned business, we understand how important your home is—and we offer exceptional service that matches!