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Factors Impacting Well Water Pump Lifespan

There are a few vital components involved in any water well system, and the well pump is chief among them. Used to extract water and bring it into the home for a variety of purposes, well pumps come in several different formats, most of which are submersible into the water itself.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to offer a wide range of services for your water well pump. We carry several new pumps, from Franklin Electric and Grundfos to STA-RITE and other great models. One of the single most common questions we’re asked when our clients are considering a new well pump: How long will my pump last once it’s installed? The answer will range between nine and 15 years in most cases, and will depend on a few factors, which we’ll examine in this blog.

Pump Type

Firstly, the type of pump you choose will play a large role in how long it will last. Submersible pumps, the most common format, are installed in the well itself – these pumps tend to last around eight to 10 years in most cases, depending on how well you maintain them. Pumps for home use, on the other hand, which are not submerged into the water, may last up to 15 years in some cases.

Rate of Use

Another big factor: How often is the well and pump system used? When used, how long are typical use periods? Ideally, you’ll want your pump to only run for a few hours per day, a format that will generally keep pumps in great shape and lasting toward the longer end of their range.

If pumps are being used for 10-plus hours per day and pumping large volume, however, it’s a simple reality that they’ll wear down faster. More frequent maintenance may also be required to counteract the heat and friction applications caused during the pumping process.

Motor Quality

One major component of the pump is the motor, which is primarily responsible for the hard work that moves water from one place to another. The better the motor, the longer the pump will generally last – a low-quality motor will not only have a shorter lifespan, but will create more problems during regular use.

Wire System

There are two different wire systems your pump may use: Two-wire or three-wire. In the two-wire system, the electrical control panel is situated as such that the system can self-start itself. In a three-wire system, the panel is outside the pump. Three-wire systems allow for repairs or replacements if the control panel has issues, while the two-wire system requires full pump replacement in these cases – for this reason, three-wire systems are associated with longer pump lifespans.

Sediment Buildup

Finally, sediment plus sand, gravel and other small contaminants may build up in the pump over time. This water can wear down internal components of the pump, making it more likely to break down or function inefficiently. Ask our pros about tips for reducing sediment buildup in your pump or any area of your well.

For more on how long your well pump will last, or to learn about any of our well pumps, well drilling or well treatment services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Protection Areas for Preventing Water Well Contamination

When it comes to any home or building that uses water wells for water supply, ensuring the safety and cleanliness of this water is vital. Through a combination of proper cleaning and decontamination practices, you can keep yourself and your entire family consuming and utilizing clean, healthy water.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re here to help with any and all related water well services, from well pumps to general well rehabilitation and much more. In addition to being prepared to clean and properly decontaminate any well areas, ensuring water quality also involves a few preventive methods. Let’s go over how you can protect your system from contaminants before they ever reach it.

protection preventing water well contamination

General Chemical Protection

One of the primary potential contaminants to well water is a variety of chemicals, which may seep into wells through various sources. Some of the top such sources are pesticides and fertilizers, which are used on nearby grounds in some cases and can seep into the well this way. This is a particular risk if your property has sandy or gravel-like soil, which allows for this kind of seepage easily.

If your property fits this description, consider how you can reduce the use of such pesticides and fertilizers near the well. If you absolutely cannot, we highly recommend re-soiling with a type that doesn’t allow for such easy seepage.

Don’t Over-Pump

One of the top human-related causes of contamination reaching the well is over-pumping it. For older systems, you’ll need to run a pumping test to figure out what a safe and efficient pumping range is. For newer ones, we’ll test your pump system in advance and inform you of the sustainable pumping range you want to remain in.

Well Pit Removal

In certain cases, older wells on your property may have what’s called a well pit included in its build. In previous generations, this was a vital part of the well, allowing the pressure system to operate without risk of frost during the cold winter.

Unfortunately, it was eventually realized that these pits actually were a major source of well contamination. Instead, modern pitless adaptor systems are used to allow the pressure system to operate without frost risk during the winter. If your well still has a pit, contact our pros right away to remove it.

Testing the Well

Finally, testing the well for various contaminants is a vital task that should be performed regularly. The exact tests that will need to be done may depend slightly on factors like the depth of your well or other factors, which our pros are happy to explain to you in detail.

For more on protecting your well from potential contaminants, or to learn about any of our well treatment services, speak to the pros at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Answering Common Questions About Well Drilling

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service, LLC, we’re proud to offer the top water wells and well drilling services in Utah. We utilize rotary drilling and other modern technology to create a brand new, clean, high-functioning well for your property.

For most who utilize our well services, this is their first experience in this realm. As a result, we naturally get a number of basic questions on the process, all of which we’re happy to answer while informing our clients of all the potential benefits associated with water wells. Here are some of the most frequent questions we get, plus some basic answers to get you started down the path toward installing a well on your property.

answering questions well drilling

How Long Will it Take?

This is probably our most common question, and while we can give better answers in each individual circumstance, we have to slightly defer here – the real answer is that it depends. Factors like your soil quality, the depth of well you desire, your water table and several others will all play a role in determining exactly how long our drilling process will take.

Our well professionals will consult with you and analyze your property to give you a better estimate when the time comes. Remember that this process will also involve testing for safety from contaminants.

Are There Any Special or Particular Operating Requirements?

The drilling and well installation process is a perfect time to ask our technicians any questions you have about operating the well. Have you never operated a well before? If so, we’re happy to show you the basic requirements, plus any other specific areas of your well that you’ll need additional expertise in.

Are Filters Required?

Many well water sources are safe for drinking on their own, but it’s always good to consider filtration as an added precaution against contaminants. One of the most common here is iron, which shows up in hard water and can create issues ranging from harmful buildups to a poor odor. Filters will keep away not only iron, but also numerous other potential chemicals or contaminants that could threaten your health.

How Often Should I Test the Well?

Finally, the drilling and installation process is one where you should leave completely clear on how often you need to test the well water for contaminants. While we will perform such a test initially upon installation, regular testing for various contaminants is vital to ensure your water stays clean and healthy at all times. Particularly if you notice any changes in taste, smell, color or other areas of the water quality, you should test it right away to see if any contaminants have seeped in.

For more answers to common well drilling questions, or to learn about any of our well services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service, LLC today.

Basics on Well Water Contaminant Testing, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog, we went over some of the requirements and basic contaminants that are tested for during well water testing processes. These kinds of tests are vital for any water supply, ensuring that no risks to human health are presented by pollutants or contaminants in water.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, our well treatment and rehabilitation services include several potential contaminant tests. In today’s blog, we’ll go over several additional contaminants that might be detected during these tests, plus the risks they pose and why it’s important for them to be removed from your water supply.

well water contaminant testing

Nitrate

When it’s consumed in certain smaller amounts, including being found in certain food types in extremely minimal quantities, nitrate is not harmful to humans. If you’re interested, you can find information online on exactly how much nitrate is present in certain foods.

When it’s consumed in large enough quantities, however, nitrate can lead to sickness and chronic conditions. One way it can be so thoroughly present is if it enters a water well through agricultural waste or poor sewer systems. The local geology of a given area will also play a large role in the risks of nitrate making its way into your well water. Our pros will be happy to explain the geological factors at play here if you’re concerned about your specific area.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

The category of volatile organic compounds is a wide one, and refers to various chemicals and waste formats that come from factories and manufacturing centers. They’re also commonly found in fuel storage areas.

If you happen to live close to any such facility, or even if you live in an area that might receive water runoff from such a location, you should be testing your water regularly for VOCs. They are considered both a pollutant and a potential contaminant, with major health risks for humans who consume them.

Other Contaminants

There are several other contaminants that may be tested for, and many of them will depend on exactly which area you live in. These tests may include each of the following:

  • Mercury
  • Lead
  • Various pesticides
  • Total dissolved solids (a measure of all inorganic and organic substances present in a given molecule)
  • pH level (for pure water, the pH should be 7 – water with lower pH levels than this is considered acidic, while water with higher levels than this is considered basic, with an acceptable drinking range between 6 and 8.5)
  • Coliform bacteria (a clear and often distressing signal that your well water supply has been contaminated by some form of virus, germ, parasite or other invader)

For more on water well contaminant testing, or to learn about any of our water well installation or maintenance services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Basics on Well Water Contaminant Testing, Part 1

When it comes to human drinking water from any source, a primary need before the water is consumed involves removing several possible contaminants. Water contaminants can also come from several sources, including both natural and man-made areas, and can lead to issues ranging from minor respiratory concerns all the way up to major health problems if they aren’t purified out of water before it’s consumed – or prevented from ever infiltrating the water source to begin with.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to offer several testing services to assess the possible presence of contaminants in your well water, all as part of our well rehabilitation services. Even if you have not experienced any recent contamination issues in your water supply, yearly testing is vital to ensure everything remains in order and no contaminants can make their way in. During this two-part blog, we’ll dig into the general recommendations and rules for water well testing, plus look at several of the most common contaminants and compounds we’ll be testing for as we assess your system.

well water contaminant testing

Testing Requirements and Common Errors

While actual legal requirements will differ between states and even within individual cities and municipalities in some cases, most experts and disease control officers will tell you it’s best to have the well tested every year. Ideally, the spring period we’re in right now is the optimal range – it’s nestled in just after the long winter, one where the elements may have impacted areas of your well and altered their protective qualities, and also gets this out of the way before the hot summer arrives.

Unfortunately, many water well owners make the mistake of only testing their well water a single time: When they buy the home. Apart from yearly inspections, there are a few events that might necessitate a well water test:

  • Recent flooding or major water event in your area
  • When other well owners in your area have experienced contamination issues
  • Anytime you notice changes in taste, odor or color of your well water

From here, let’s begin looking at some of the common well water contaminants and the risks they pose.

Radon

One of the single most common contaminants in any water source, not just wells, is radon. This is a radioactive gas that’s dangerous in part due to how difficult it is to detect with natural senses – it cannot be smelled or tasted, and has no distinct color.

In many cases, radon is released when well water is used for drinking and washing. It can lead to significant respiratory issues, and is a known risk factor for lung cancer.

Arsenic

Arsenic is a chemical found in many minerals, known as a metalloid. It can lead to health issues ranging from cardiovascular disease to several forms of cancer.

For more on well water testing and the contaminants it helps prevent, or to learn about any of our well water services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Assessing and Resolving Rare Well Water Odors

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to be a full-service water well company. We’re not just here to install your well and wave goodbye – we’re also on hand for well pump service and repair, well rehabilitation services and any other areas you need assistance with when it comes to your water well.

Like with any other source of water, strange smells coming from well water are always concerning to you as a home or business owner. Luckily, however, these are both rare when you use a well system and often simple issues you can correct for little to no cost or hassle. Here are some of the odors that might be possible, plus what to do if you happen to encounter them in your system.

assessing well water odors

Musty Odors

If you smell a general must, often coming from the hot water tap when you turn it on, this is usually a sign that there’s too great a level of iron content in your water. This isn’t a health risk at all, though iron-heavy water may not taste as good to some people. If this is the case for you, and you want to remove this odor and/or taste, you can simply install an iron filter and/or use chlorine to get the current high iron levels down.

Smell of Sewage

In some cases, such as if you smell odors of sewage or plumbing runoff, the issue might be a buildup of bacteria in a drain area, or within unused home appliances. Gas will build up in the drain for a variety of reasons, but then will be forced out when the water is turned on.

To check if this is the problem, fill a glass of water from your tap. If it doesn’t smell, but your drains do, you need to clean the drain system itself.

Chlorine Smell

This is one of the rarest smells, almost never appearing in well systems. It is not necessarily an indicator of bad water supply, and may take place if you’re near a public pool’s water supply that’s been faultily built. If this happens to take place for you, we’ll help you with a specialized filter to remove these odors and any chlorine damage.

Rotten Eggs Aroma

The rotten egg smell is putrid, but it’s also sure-thing sign of just one possible intrusion: Sulfur. Sulfur bacteria may enter well water in a few different ways, often due to a lack of oxygen or chemical reactions in groundwater near the well.

If sulfur is an issue for your well water, there’s a simple solution. Just install an aeration system that dissolves sulfur bacteria, or a chlorine injection that will clear the sulfur content from your supply.

Fishy Smell

This smell is due to organic materials that have made their way into water, increasing certain elements. Like iron, these elements are not harmful to you, but can be removed using carbon filters or reverse osmosis systems if you’re tired of the smell.

For more on dealing with rare odors that may come from well water, or to learn about any of our well water installation or maintenance services, speak to the pros at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Tips on Cleaning and Decontaminating Water Wells

One of our simplest needs as humans is clean drinking water, a need that extends to every person on the planet. More and more homeowners have begun installing water wells that allow them direct access to such clean water.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to provide high-quality water well installations, plus well pump service and repair as needed to keep you and your family provided with clean, clear drinking water. Another important component to maintaining this clean water supply: Cleaning and maintaining the well itself. Here are a few tips in this area, including a couple different kinds of wells and some basic considerations to keep in mind.

cleaning decontaminating water wells

Surface Wells and Decontamination

There are a few different well types out there, and one such type includes those that use shallow water or even groundwater as their main source for your drinking water. These are shallow wells that are often dug manually, known as surface wells.

Due to their proximity to the earth, surface wells need to be decontaminated regularly to ensure they can provide you with clean drinking water. Otherwise, they risk the presence of bacteria, germs and other contaminants that could risk the health of building occupants.

Standard Well Cleaning

Unless it’s something you’ve done before or have been shown directions for, we often recommend having well cleaning done by professionals. These pros will be able to open individual hose bibs within your well system, checking for the smell of bleach or chlorine and that it’s in the proper places. They can also use professional tools to spray the interior casing of your well, helping remove any additional bacteria or contaminants that may have been present.

If you have received training in this or are confident with your own system, the use of chlorine or bleach is the primary tool at your disposal. Similar to a home pool, cleaning the well means killing bacteria – including bacteria that may be hidden in certain areas of the system. You can’t simply pour some bleach down a pipe and get safe drinking water right away, and this is part of why utilizing professionals who know how to fully clear the system can be highly useful.

Flushing System

No matter which kind of system you’re cleaning, the final and vital step is flushing it clear. This is where you flush the bleach and bacteria out of the well completely, including using a hose to draw the chlorinated water out of the well and ensuring no contaminants remain in any major areas that could affect your drinking supply.

For more on cleaning your well water system, or to learn about any of our well services or installations, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Reasons to Schedule a Professional Water Well Inspection

From time to time, every private well owner needs to schedule a professional water well inspection. Having an expert come out for a checkup helps ensure proper operation and optimal water quality, protecting both your investment and your health.

The National Ground Water Association recommends scheduling a routine inspection at least once per year. Between regular checkups, be on the lookout for the following warning signs – if you spot any, contact Mike Zimmerman Well Service for a professional water well inspection as soon as possible.

Why schedule a professional well inspection

Changes in Water Color

Though a color change might be due to an issue in your plumbing, it can also mean the water isn’t safe to use. So don’t — schedule a professional well inspection instead. An expert contractor can identify the reason your faucets are pumping out discolored water and recommend an effective course of action to resolve the problem.

Sandy Well Water

Sand or sediment can be the result of degradation in the well screen or casing. Sandy water can also occur when the pump is too close to the bottom of the water well. Whatever the cause, solving the problem requires a thorough inspection from an experienced contractor.

Smelly Well Water

Foul-smelling water may not pose a health threat, but it certainly isn’t pleasant. If yours stinks, the groundwater supply is most likely to blame. To eliminate the odor, schedule a professional well inspection – an expert contractor can treat the source of the problem and leave you with clean, fresh water.

Air at the Faucets

Air coming out of the faucets can point to a high concentration of dangerous dissolved gases. Or, the problem may lie in the pump – it may be too large, the settings may need an adjustment or the pump drop pipe may have damage. In any case, you’ll need to contact a reputable local contractor for an inspection and treatment.

Low Water Pressure

Low pressure isn’t just an annoyance – it’s a signal to schedule a professional well inspection. The cause could be a failing pump, a pressure tank leak, a clogged screen or an issue in any number of well system components. Without prompt attention from an expert contractor, additional damage may occur.

Do You Need a Professional Water Well Inspection?

Whenever you notice a difference in the operation of your well system or in the quality of your water, scheduling an immediate inspection is essential. Wait too long, and the problem can grow larger – and more costly to resolve.

If you live in Utah or Wyoming, contact Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC for expert assistance at an affordable price.

A trusted industry leader with over 30 years of experience, Mike Zimmerman Well Service has the skill and expertise to provide solutions for a range of problems. And, our licensed Z-Team contractors offer around-the-clock emergency service – you can call on us for help anytime. For a professional water well inspection, contact our Salt Lake City office today.

Warning Signs of Well Water Pressure Tank Problems

Do you need a new well water pressure tank?

Some tanks last for decades, while others fail within a handful of years. Knowing the warning signs of pressure tank problems is essential, as getting professional assistance early on can help prevent further damage to your water well system.

op signs of problems in your water well pressure tank

How a Well Water Pressure Tank Works

The tank contains a supply of water for household use along with a pocket of air. As water fills the tank, the air is compressed – and when it reaches a certain preset level, the well pump shuts off.

Once a faucet or fixture is used, the pressure in the tank drops. As a result, the pump turns on to replenish the well water supply and pressurize the air inside.

How to Know Your Pressure Tank has a Problem

When a well water tank isn’t working as it should, you may notice several warning signs. Be on the lookout for the following:

  • Visible leaking or a puddle on the floor nearby
  • Noticeable rust on the exterior of the unit
  • Low water pressure, particularly at fixtures on the second floor
  • Pressure that swings from high to low as water is flowing from the faucet
  • Air blasting from the faucets and fixtures
  • Frequent or constant cycling of the well pump
  • Lights flickering when a fixture is used

If you spot any of these red flags, contact a reputable local well contractor and schedule a professional inspection as soon as possible.

How to Solve Well Water Pressure Tank Problems

Does a problem mean you need a new tank?

In some cases, the only option is to replace the component. However, depending upon your particular issue, an expert well contractor may take a different approach. The appropriate fix may involve:

  • Adjusting or replacing the pressure gauge
  • Installing a constant pressure valve
  • Adding an air volume control system
  • Replacing the water filter
  • Putting in a new filtration system

Keep in mind, too, that tank problems can lead to well pump failure. If that occurs, you’ll need a replacement. And to better meet your daily household needs, your water well contractor may recommend upgrading the pump or boosting the capacity of the tank.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we understand how to diagnose and resolve issues with water well systems. Our licensed Z-Team contractors can provide an effective fix at an affordable price.

With decades of experience drilling, maintaining and repairing residential and commercial wells throughout Utah and Wyoming, Mike Zimmerman Well Service is a trusted industry leader known for quality workmanship and exceptional customer care. Let the Z-Team solve your well water pressure tank problems – contact our Salt Lake City office and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.

Water Well Contractor or Plumber – Which One Should You Call?

People often contact water well contractors when they have any type of issue with their home supply or the equipment that works to provide water for the household. And, in many cases, calling a well service company is the right course of action.

However, some problems require the expertise of a plumber rather than a professional well contractor. If you’re not sure who to call, the following guide may help. Or, simply ask the Z-Team contractors at Mike Zimmerman Well Service – we’ll point you in the right direction.

When to call a water well contractor

When to Call a Water Well Contractor

Water well professionals generally deal with equipment outside of the home – not the in-house plumbing.

You should contact a well service company if you need:

  • Well water testing and treatment
  • Water pump repair or replacement
  • Well casing leak repair
  • Broken pressure tank repair
  • Sanitary well cap installation
  • Storage reservoir installation
  • Well rehabilitation
  • Well water softening
  • Well winterization

A professional well contractor is also the right expert to call for routine maintenance and annual inspections – both of which can minimize the chances of future repair problems.

When to Call a Plumber Instead

Plumbers specialize in repairing equipment located inside the home. This includes problems with pipes, fixtures, sinks, drains, toilets, bathtubs and water heaters. In addition, plumbers often handle sewer and water supply line issues, fixture installations and repairs for water-using appliances.

As you might have noticed, the list above does not include working with water wells. While some plumbers may be familiar with well components, this isn’t the norm. So, if your issue involves your private well in any way, contacting a plumber simply doesn’t make sense.

What if You’re Not Sure Where the Problem Lies?

You’re not a plumber or water well contractor – and often, knowing the cause of a problem takes the expertise of one of these professionals. So, who should you contact if you really don’t know what type of issue you’re dealing with?

We recommend calling a reputable local well service company. Most offer general advice over the phone, and if your problem is better suited to a plumber, they’ll let you know.

If you suspect you have a water well problem and you live in Utah or Wyoming, turn to the Z-Team professionals at Mike Zimmerman Well Service, LLC.

With over 30 years of experience successfully addressing water well problems, the Z-Team can diagnose your issue and provide an effective fix for an affordable price. You’ll be in good hands with Mike Zimmerman Well Service – we’re known for both our exceptional workmanship and our commitment to stellar customer service.

To talk to the friendly and knowledgeable professionals at Mike Zimmerman Well Service, or to schedule a free repair consultation with an expert water well contractor, contact our Salt Lake City, Utah, office today.