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Potential Culprits in Low Well Water Pressure Concerns

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to offer a comprehensive range of water well service and repair solutions for your water well system. From well water pumps to treatment systems and drilling expertise, we’re your one-stop shop when it comes to all areas of water well expertise.

One of the single most common issues we help our clients attend to for their wells: Low water pressure, which is possible in any water system around the globe. Low pressure in a water well system can be caused by a few potential culprits – here are some basics on each, plus what you or our team can do about them to remedy the concerns if they crop up.
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Broken Pump

Likely the most common cause of low water pressure in your well water system is a broken or malfunctioning pump. It’s a simple reality that pumps will wear down over a long enough period of time, particularly if they haven’t been properly maintained over time.

As a homeowner, you’ll likely notice a few telltale signs that indicate the pump is the concern. The first such sign is how quickly the pressure tank is filling up – this should usually only take three to five minutes, but malfunctioning pumps may cause this to take double or even triple the amount of time. You may also notice a spiking electricity bill, which indicates that the system is working harder just to pump out the same amount of water. Finally, if you’re regularly hearing loud thuds coming from the pump area, this is another possible sign.

If you notice any of these concerns, contact our team to assess your pump and remedy concerns to extend its lifespan.

Leaking Fixtures or Pipes

Another possible sign of a water pressure issue is leaking concerns taking place at any spot between the pump piping and the plumbing fixtures water is directed to. Leaks are usually caused by rust concerns or damage inside the pipes. Discovering the precise location of a leak is sometimes simple enough, but can also be difficult in certain situations – this is an area where our team is happy to help.

Water-Logging Inside Pressure Tank

The pressure tank is an element of any well water system that stores the water and then transfers it to plumbing fixtures when it’s needed. This tank has to maintain a precise water-to-air ratio – this is what leads to proper water pressure within your home fixtures.

If this area becomes waterlogged, however, the water-to-air ration is thrown out of balance, often causing the tank to overflow and be unable to supply the proper pressure levels. This issue may take place more often in galvanized pressure tanks. If you believe this is the problem for your water pressure, call our team to discuss whether the pressure tank needs to be replaced.

For more on the potential causes of low well water pressure, or to learn about any of our well water drilling or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Basics on Static Water Level and Well Water Flow Rate

If you’re among the over 40 million Americans who use water wells as their primary water supply, one of your top priorities will be ensuring a regular flow of quality water. This includes performing regular maintenance and upkeep tasks, both on your own and with the help of qualified well water experts.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we provide a wide range of water well drilling, installation and future maintenance services to all our clients. When we perform our professional inspection services on your water well and its various components to ensure it’s properly supplying you with clean, healthy water at adequate pressure levels, we’ll often carry out several tests on the quality of your water and the system. Two common metrics that our tests will look at are known as static water level and water flow rate – here’s a primer on what each of these means and what you should know about them.
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Static Water Level

Technically speaking, static water level is a term that describes that water level in your system’s aquifer when conditions are normal. This level fluctuates throughout a given year based on the season and weather conditions – it will be higher after a week of rain, for instance, and will be lower during long periods of drought in your area.

While these cases are rare, even in a dry climate like Utah, the water well can go dry if the static water level is allowed to reach below the well’s pump. So in essence, this metric is a measure of how healthy the well is and how much water it can supply. When water levels are low, some caution in overusing water is recommended. If you regularly find that your static water level is too low, contact our team to learn about potential solutions for the driest seasons.

Water Flow Rate

Another important metric is water flow rate, which speaks to how much water your well pump can push into your home, and at what speed it can do so. Static water level is actually a factor in flow rate, along with pump positioning, potential sand or clay buildups, or any other clogging or blockages that take place within the pipes.

How do you know what the proper flow level is for your home? This is a process that often involves input from our experts, as the answer varies by individual location and your specific needs. We’ll inspect your home and discuss your common water fixture and appliance usage, such as whether you have a washing machine or dishwasher and other factors. Through this and some expert calculations, we’ll inform you on your recommended flow rate and test to ensure it’s what you’re receiving.

For more on the important metrics that help qualify your well’s health, or to learn about any of our water well testing or treatment systems, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.