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Well Pump Concerns that Cause Stopped Water Flow, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the potential well water pump concerns that may, in some cases, cause the well to stop providing water to the home. While these concerns are not exactly common, they’re still worth understanding in case they ever take place within your well so you know how to respond.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re here to help with a variety of water well pump services. We’re always on-call for pump issues that crop up – we know your home cannot afford to go even a day without a clean water supply, so we’ll be on the case quickly anytime such a flow issue takes place. In today’s part two, we’ll go over a few additional potential culprits in your water pump not properly providing water, plus how you should respond to any of these issues.

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Water Table

If you’ve noticed stopped water flow and have already tried some of our tips from part one, including resetting your circuit breaker after a power surge, you may need to check your water table. A common sign that the water table is not providing enough water to the pump for adequate flow is sputtering faucets and other appliances.

In some cases, this issue is due to a dry season in the Utah climate, and the issues will self-correct before long. In others, though, the issue could be due to a pump that’s not placed deep enough in the ground, not allowing it to collect the proper amounts of water to supply. In this case, you may have to move the pump deeper.

Noise and Pump Placement

Have you noticed that the pump is regularly making clicking noises in addition to not providing water properly? This is often a sure sign that the pump has been placed incorrectly, and this will require some professional assistance from our team to assess the placement concerns and determine whether moving it is the proper course of action.

Pump Controller

If you’ve tried pretty much everything else on this list with no success, and you’re still hearing noises or dealing with lack of water supply, the issue could be the pump controller. This is located either inside the pump or near the pressure tank. The reason this is one of the final areas to check: Without professional assistance, there’s really no way of confirming whether the controller is working or not. For this reason, you should exhaust your other potential avenues first before moving to this potential concern.

For more on identifying and addressing well water pump issues that may be leading to a stopped water supply, or for information on any of our water well installation or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Well Pump Concerns that Cause Stopped Water Flow, Part 1

There are several important components involved in a water well, and one at or near the top of any list is the well pump. The pump is in charge of the major legwork when it comes to moving water from the well into the home, utilizing air pressure and a detailed system to provide consistent water flow to the home as needed.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to offer a full array of services for water well pumps, including assisting you anytime the pump is having issues that are impacting your water flow. In cases where your well water has stopped flowing completely, leaving you with no water supply, the pump is unfortunately the most common culprit. This two-part blog will dig into some of the areas that need to be checked if the water from your well stops flowing, whether by a handy homeowner or our water pump professionals.

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Air Pressure Concerns

One of the most common potential reasons for issues taking place within your water pump is a concern with the air pressure in the system. Improper air pressure within a well water pump will not instruct the pressure switch to release water, meaning that even as the system needs water, none will be provided.

In most situations, the deeper culprit for this concern is a broken air bladder or a water-filled tank. To check if air pressure is correct, you can place a tire gauge on the air valve located at the top of your tank – our team is happy to provide you with basics on what your standard pressure level should be and the kinds of readings that should cause concern here. If your pressure is low, contact our pros about replacing your air bladder or draining your tank.

Sediment Disposition

When we refer to sediment, we’re talking about small rocks, minerals and other materials that can get into the water supply and block the pump. Regular checks for sediment disposition should be performed, and if you notice sediment has build up to higher levels, call our team about removing these and limiting such risks moving forward.

Power Surges or Related Issues

In other cases, the cause of a well pump issue is a bit simpler: It’s due to a power issue in your area. Power surges can sometimes cause well pumps to temporarily stop working – but just like any other appliance that requires power, all you have to do here is switch your circuit breaker on and off to reset the system. If the pump still is not working after you do this, there’s another concern at play besides just the power surge.

For more on identifying causes of well pump concerns, or to learn about any of our well water treatment systems or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

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.

How Well Water Benefits Human Health Areas

There are several distinct reasons why home and property owners may choose to install water wells for drinking water, from convenience and simplicity to significant potential savings in many situations. It’s important not to forget about another major benefit of well water compared to other municipal sources, however: Basic health.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’ve been providing well drilling, treatment and rehabilitation to clients for over 30 years, learning a lot about well water quality during this time. Well water is free of many of the harsh chemicals present in municipal processes, making it taste better and allowing it to provide several specific health benefits. Let’s look at a few of these you may not have known about.

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Heart Health Factors

Numerous studies have shown the importance of staying hydrated when it comes to heart health, as dehydration thickens the blood. This, in turn, leads to lower blood volume and blood pressure issues, making the heart work harder with every beat. Dehydration is also a common precursor to coronary heart disease.

This makes staying hydrated a vital concern, and this is simpler and easier when your water tastes better and does not contain chemicals. For this reason, well water promotes heart health in ways normal water supplies often cannot.

Weight Loss

Drinking water is also associated with weight loss, but this might not be the case if your water supply is packed with chemicals. For starters, these may make certain areas of weight loss more difficult due to direct chemical interactions. For another, the same theme as above applies: The cleaner and tastier water is, the more likely you are to consume the proper levels during daily life than if you’re dealing with chemical-heavy water.

Brain Function

The human brain is made up of more water than any other individual substance, meaning dehydration negatively impacts brain function in several ways. Proper hydration leads to improved mental alertness and concentration levels, and even more so when it’s pure water in the system and no additional chemicals.

Skin Care

Finally, clean water can play a big role in healthy, smooth skin. Water helps push skin toxins out, helping it remain elastic and limit the signs of aging like wrinkles or lines.

In addition, water helps maintain the skin’s pH levels, limiting acne and other breakouts. If you still have skin that feels dry and parched even when you’re drinking the proper amounts, this could be due to chemicals present in a municipal water supply that wouldn’t be present in a comparable well water system.

For more on how well water benefits several specific areas of human health, or to learn about our well water drilling or water softening services, speak to the pros at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Fall Inspection and Maintenance Tips for Water Well Owners

Fall is upon us, and for those who enjoy the numerous benefits of a water well on their property, that means it’s time to consider a few basic areas of maintenance for the well headed into the colder part of the year. Wells and water pumps don’t need much attention to keep working optimally, but it’s important to ensure no components are damaged or working improperly as you transition between major seasons.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we provide a full range of service and repair for water wells, pumps and related components. Whether on your own (if you’re confident you have the skills) or with the help of our well water technicians, here are some basic areas to consider when it comes to fall well upkeep.

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Hard Water Concerns

For property areas that contain hard water supplies, softening this water is important to rid it of minerals like lime, calcium and magnesium. These minerals can grow into large buildups that not only strain several mechanical components, but are also unhealthy for humans in large quantities and make several areas less convenient.

If you live in a hard water area and have not installed softening solutions, the fall is a good time to do so – before winter hits and makes this a bigger hassle. If you already have such a system installed, it’s important to check on it within your overall well and pump system at least twice a year, and the changing seasons are a good opportunity to do so.

Mechanical Elements

Over time, certain mechanical components of a given well may wear down or become damaged by a few potential sources. Defective components can lead to issues ranging from weird sounds to air pockets and even total pump failure in some cases.

The fall is a great time of year to check on whether any such issues have arisen with any part of the well during the summer period. When you hire our team for a simple inspection or repair service, we’ll perform pressure flow and water tank tests to determine these areas are functioning optimally. We’ll also check several specific parts for wear or damage, then give you options for repair or replacement if needed.

Annual Testing

In addition, fall can be the perfect time of year for your annual water testing, which needs to be done to determine water quality and any threats being posed to it. These tests pick up concerns like pest infestations, ground flooding and even deterioration of the well casing that may have taken place over time. They also help identify contamination like E. coli or Giardia, which require prompt treatment to ensure the water is healthy moving forward.

For more on important fall maintenance tips for your water well, or to learn about any of our water well repair or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Elements That Help Determine Water Well Drilling Depth, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog, we went over some of the primary factors that play a role in determining how deep a new water well should be. Water wells can range from about 100 feet deep to 800 feet or even deeper in some cases, and this depends on several different elements in the equation.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to offer quality water well drilling and treatment services for your home. Today’s part two will discuss a few additional considerations we keep in mind when determining exactly how deep to drill for your new well.

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Water Table Changes

The term “water table” refers to the level below which the ground is saturated with water. It’s a factor that changes regularly within a given year, generally based on seasonal moisture differences and a few other reasons.

In most cases, our contractors will spend time determining the current level of the water table before any drilling begins. They’ll attempt to determine the lowest water table level of the year, using statistical data from several years going back to help them. In many dry areas of Utah, depth for the water table can be wildly different than even a nearby location.

Silting and Draw Rate

One issue that some poorly-installed wells deal with later in their lifespan is called “silting up,” an issue where sand or grit gets into the pump and begins to become a part of the water being pumped up to ground level. Avoiding silting is a common reason why some wells are drilled very deep into the ground, leaving years and years before any issues can arise here.

In addition to depth concerns here, your well drilling experts will also consider draw rate. This is the speed at which the pump draws water from the well – you want a fast enough draw rate to provide enough water, of course, but not so fast that silt or other debris can make its way in.

Surface Contamination Avoidance

Finally, another common benefit of a deeper well is the way it helps eliminate concerns related to bacterial or other forms of surface contamination. This is a two-sided coin, however: The deeper the well, the greater the quantity of rock, soil and other materials the water has to move past as it moves up its casing. It’s possible for contaminants within these rocks to eventually seep into water, as well as minerals that will require softening. Finding the right balance of depth here, one that avoids surface contamination but doesn’t risk deeper forms of the same kind of thing, is why you work with expert well drilling contractors like ours.

For more on how we determine the optimal depth for your new well, or to learn about any of our water well treatment, softening or other services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Elements That Help Determine Water Well Drilling Depth, Part 1

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, water well drilling is among our specialties. Using a combination of popular rotary drilling and other methods, we’ll help you tap into unused groundwater found below the ground, then install pumps and all the other required technology to bring it into your home.

We get a number of common questions from our clients surrounding this project, one of which speaks to a very important area: How deep does your drilling penetrate to create a new well? There’s no single set answer here – water wells can range from about 100 to about 800 feet below the ground, averaging about 300 feet deep, but this depends entirely on a number of factors. What are these factors? Let’s investigate in this two-part blog series.

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Building Codes and Local Guidelines

For starters, those considering a new well have to do so in accordance with all state and local laws and building codes. If you’re not completely sure of what these codes dictate, you can always check with government offices – though our experts can generally guide you in the right direction here based on our experience.

There are several areas to consider here. For starters, the general standard for water wells requires that well casing reaches all the way to bedrock under the earth, and that said casing is at least 20 feet in length. You’ll also have to think about grouting, sealing needs and well-cap reinforcement, all of which will vary between states and even individual municipalities.

Water Quality Considerations

The general rule of thumb with water underneath the ground: The further down you go, the better the quality the water should be. This is because water nearer to the surface can be more easily impacted by underground critters like moles – for this reason, many states have regulations that require drilling to reach a certain minimum depth to avoid these risks.

Now, how deep you choose to go will depend on a combination of desired quality and capacity for expense. Drilling down deeper than 500 feet may cost a bit more, but that cost could easily be worth it for the improved quality. Again, our team is happy to assist you with the ins and outs of this decision.

Rocky Landscapes

In certain areas where rocks are a big part of the landscape, the distance under the ground at which you reach water can vary widely. If you notice lots of rocks near or under the ground, though, it’s more common for water to be deeper than usual, a consideration you’ll want to factor into your potential costs.

For more on how deep a given well needs to be in your area, or to learn about any of our water well treatment, pumps, softening or other services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Debunking Common Well Water Testing Myths

When it comes to the proper maintenance and upkeep of water wells, contaminant testing is at or near the top of any list. Ensuring your water supply is safe to drink and clear of any possible contaminants or health risks is vital, and should be a regular part of your maintenance plan.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, our water well drilling and treatment services include everything you need to know about testing your well water correctly. Unfortunately, we’ve encountered a number of damaging myths out there that lead some well owners toward incorrect testing principles and application. With that in mind, let’s debunk several of the largest misconceptions regarding well water testing.

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Myth #1: It Smells Fine, So There’s No Problem

There are several distinct reasons for well water testing, and one of the top ones is this: Most of the contaminants that might be present cannot be smelled, tasted or seen by humans. Your water might smell and taste completely normal, along with appearing totally clear and healthy – but it could still contain contaminants that are not traceable using your senses.

Even if water appears great, standard testing should be done at least once a year. You might be shocked at what a test discovers, even if you were sure your water supply was clean.

Myth #2: The First Test Was Safe, So I’m Good

When your well is installed, it will be given a first test during your initial inspection. In most cases, this inspection will not turn up any contaminants.

This does not mean, however, that your well is simply good to go for the rest of your life without further inspections. Water is affected by several factors over a long period of time, and conditions may change in or around the well that lead to contaminant risks. Wells can absolutely become contaminated even if they were previously marked safe, which is why regular testing is so vital.

Myth #3: No One Is Sick, Therefore No Issue

Down similar lines, the simple lack of sickness due to your water doesn’t mean no one will ever get sick in the future. Many water contaminants are slow-acting, poisoning your body over a long period of time before eventually making you sick. Again, annual water testing will prevent these contaminants from regularly entering your body.

Myth #4: Testing is Too Expensive

Some people avoid water well testing believing it’s a prohibitive cost, but this simply isn’t true. Well testing is simple and affordable, far less than the cost of a single water bill – and proper testing will also save you large sums in the future if it prevents the need for an expensive system overhaul due to contamination.

For more debunked myths on well water testing, or to learn more about any of our well pumps or well treatment services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

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.