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Red Flags of a Water Well Going Dry, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the red flags that might indicate a water well that’s going dry. Water levels in a well are determined by a few different variables, and there could be several different related reasons why a well dries up, but the impact on your system will often give off a number of common indicators that this is happening.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re happy to offer water well repair and service to go along with our detailed well drilling and installation services. We’ve assisted many water well owners with a well that’s drying up, either due to climate conditions or some previous error by another installer. Here are a few of the other major signs to watch out for if this is happening, allowing you to note the issue and call our water well pros right away for assistance.

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Sputtering Faucets

If your faucets in several areas of the home have begun sputtering frequently, and especially if this sort of thing is not common from any of your fixtures, this is often a sign of a drying well. This is generally because the well itself contains more air than water, and the pump is pulling in significant amounts of air along with whatever water is left.

This leads to much of that air being expelled through your faucets, and this combined with the lower quantities of water will create this sputtering effect. You may also notice water leaking from the base of faucets for similar reasons.

Bubbles

As you’re likely aware, your water well uses groundwater to meet your home’s water needs. In some cases – cases that are more common if a well is drying up – the water may also contain various liquids or gases, and it’s possible for these to mix in with your water.

The most common sign of this happening is bubbles appearing in the water. These may be bubbles from gases like carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide or methane, all of which can be harmful to your health. Luckily, we have simple degassing and aeration treatments to help if this is the case, along with our other programs to raise your water level back to the proper place.

Major Bill Increases

Finally, have you recently noticed that your electricity bill has skyrocketed compared to recent months or the same month in a prior year? This could be because the well is running dry, which can lead to various issues: Clogs due to sediment increases, the use of more electricity for increased pumping and more. If you can find no other cause of a spiking bill, a drying well is a definitely possibility.

For more on how to spot a well that’s drying up, or to learn about any of our water well installation or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Red Flags of a Water Well Going Dry, Part 1

In certain situations, including those following improper installation or related concerns, some water wells may experience an event known as “going dry.” As the name suggests, this happens when a well’s water levels drop below the point where the well pump can adequately move water into your system.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re here to soothe your anxiety about a drying well by reminding you that this is not necessarily a permanent thing. There are steps we can take to rehabilitate your water well in several ways, including remedying wells that have gone dry and require action to restore their proper water flow. This two-part blog will discuss not only why a water well might go dry, but also the red flags that will indicate to homeowners that their well could be going dry, allowing them to call our water well professionals for assistance.

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Factors in Well Water Level

There are several variables that play a role in the level of your water in your well:

  • The actual depth of the well
  • The underground water level in your area
  • Type of aquifer the well taps (this can be either confined or unconfined)
  • Pumping rate within the aquifer
  • Porosity and permeability of underground rock material
  • Amount of recharge taking place due to precipitation or artificial recharge

What are some of the signs your well might be drying or having issues with water level? Our next several sections will investigate.

Muddy Appearance

Is your drinking and tap water showing up muddy rather than the crystal clear aesthetic you’re used to? This is often one of the first signs of a drying well, which will begin to mix in sediment and other dirt as the water level drops to its lowest point. This water will not be healthy to drink and may cause several contaminant-related diseases or conditions, so this is an issue that needs to be remedied by our pros right away.

Taste Changes

Another early sign here will be drinking water with a noticeable change in taste. Those same sediments and other debris pieces will also impact the taste in a few potential ways, but you will definitely notice it once the amounts become large enough.

Pump Running Length

Do you know roughly how long your pump runs for? If so, and if you’ve begun to notice the well pump running for longer periods of time recently, this could be because the water level is too low. The pump struggles to pick up water from the very bottom of the well – sometimes due to human mistakes during installation, or sometimes due to unforeseen climate conditions changing.

For more on the red flags indicating a drying water well, or to learn about any of our water well drilling, repair or other services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Do You Need a Water Softener?

Water from water wells can be hard, and that’s why some Utah homeowners opt to get a water softener. Mike Zimmerman Well Service installs water softeners for all our customers throughout the Wasatch Front.

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What Is Hard Water?

If you aren’t familiar with hard water, it’s water that contains a lot of minerals. These minerals can give water from some water wells a particular taste. Some people like the taste and others don’t. If you don’t like the taste of your water, you can add a filter to your kitchen faucet.

However, if you are unhappy with other aspects of well water, you might want to get a water softener installed where your water enters your home.

Hard Water Reacts with Soap

When you have hard water, the minerals get in the way of the soap doing its job, resulting in some negative consequences.

  • Soap scum can form and stick to the sink or shower walls.
  • It’s harder to get a lather with hard water, so you use more soap without getting cleaner.
  • Rinsing your hair becomes more difficult, and the shampoo can build up and make your hair dull and lifeless.
  • Clothing comes out of the washer dingy and stiff.

Hard Water Can Stain Plumbing Fixtures

Hard water stains can manifest as white residue on faucets or green or rusty brown stains in toilets and sinks that can be difficult to get out. You may also see pink stains in your shower, tub or sink that are actually bacteria that are feeding on the minerals left behind from the water.

Hard Water Can Harm Pipes and Appliances

The minerals in hard water can build up inside pipes, causing them to narrow, which reduces flow. The minerals may also build up inside the lines for your dishwasher, washing machine, ice maker and other hoses and pipes in your home.

If you’re experiencing any of these problems, call the Z Team at Mike Zimmerman Well Service. We can install a water softener in your home that filters out minerals like calcium, iron and magnesium.

When you get a water softener installed, you may notice your skin feels slipperier when it gets wet. It’s partly because you have been used to using so much soap, and partly because of the way the water softener works. Adjusting to this is much easier than cleaning hard water stains off your fixtures and clothing, and paying for repairs to appliances.

If you’re not sure if your water is hard, have us test it. Then you can decide whether it’s worth it to get a water softener.

For all your water well concerns, call the friendly, professional team at Mike Zimmerman Well Service.

Well Water: Natural, Clean & Healthy

In many parts of northern Utah, homeowners rely on residential water wells for the water they need to drink, bathe, cook in, clean and more. In the cities, public utilities provide drinking water to residents, most of which comes from the Wasatch Mountain snowpack or the Provo River. While you may not have a choice about whether your water is delivered by the city or by a water pump in your basement, you may be interested to know if well water is good for you, and if it is, why.

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1. Water from Water Wells Is Cheaper

It’s true that with well drilling there is an upfront cost, but over time, you save money by drawing your own water out of the earth instead of paying a utility company every month. If you buy a Utah home that already has a water well, you get all the benefits of well water without any of the costs of well drilling.

2. Water from Water Wells Is Not Chemically Treated

As much as bottled water companies like to put pictures of mountains on their labels, the truth is the mountain runoff is full of bacteria, and the water needs to be treated with chlorine to be safe for drinking. This and other chemicals can give water an unpleasant taste.

3. Water from Water Wells Contains Minerals

We go to the pharmacy and stock up on calcium and magnesium to be healthy, but these occur naturally in well water. If you’re used to bottled or city water and you find it difficult to acclimate to the taste of well water, we can install a water softener in your home.

4. Water from Water Wells Is Safer Than Ever

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service, we perform water well inspections for our customers. We make sure your well is functioning properly and that your water is safe to drink. Get your well inspected once a year, or if you notice any changes to you water, such as a new or different color or smell.

Because it’s important to drink enough water every day, you want to be sure you have clean, safe water that you enjoy the taste of at your disposal. You use your water to make coffee and tea, boil pasta, wash lettuce, launder clothing, wash dishes and shower – water touches so many parts of our lives. We often take it for granted, never even thinking about it. In a way, that’s good, because no one wants to have to worry about the safety of their water. But the Z Team wants you to remember to get your yearly inspection nonetheless, to stay as safe as possible.

For water well drilling and installation, pump service and repair, well inspections and more, contact the Z Team at Mike Zimmerman Well Service.

Water Well Deepening Vs Replacement Choice, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on deepening an existing water well on your property if you’re dealing with depth issues. This is one primary option at your disposal here; the other is choosing to drill a new well entirely, which is often the prudent choice as well.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re happy to offer both these options and numerous other water well drilling, rehabilitation and repair solutions to meet your needs. While there are many situations where deepening your current well will solve your problems in the most cost-effective way, there are others where a new well drilling process will be the much more efficient solution. Today’s part two will dig into a few such scenarios.

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Guaranteed Freshwater Access

One of the top reasons some well owners choose a new well installation over deepening their current well: The latter process offers no true guarantee that you’ll drill down to more fresh water than what’s currently available. While fresh water can often be reached by drilling down further, and the likelihood of it being present grows as you get deeper, you can never truly be sure.

With a brand new water well, however, you have much more control here. There are many additional techniques that can be used to determine fresh water presence before this drilling that are much tougher for an existing well area. Especially for those dealing with depth issues that relate to non-fresh water, going with a new well might be the right move.

Cost Concerns

While we talked in part one about many situations where deepening a well is a low-cost and low-hassle move that’s far more affordable than drilling a new well, there are other circumstances where the opposite is true. Some well deepening projects will be much more complex, requiring a large well rig and tower plus digging around the entire well and pump area.

In addition, if certain initial construction formats were used, deepening a well will be extremely difficult or even impossible in some situations. However, certain components of an existing well can often be used while drilling a new well, which makes this process doubly valuable in these cases.

Allows Improved Drilling Point

Another major benefit of drilling a new well is the ability to choose a more optimal drilling point. The point chosen by a previous installer may not have been ideal based on factors like groundwater quality and depth, but a new installation allows you to consult with our well drillers to locate the best possible drilling spot before beginning the project.

For more on drilling a new water well for depth issues versus deepening it, or to learn about any of our water well drilling or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Water Well Deepening Vs Replacement Choice, Part 1

There are several possible issues that may develop with an existing well over time, and one of the more common varieties here is depth concerns. Whether due to changing groundwater supplies, poor well digging and installation or any other factor, there may come a point in your water well ownership where making the well deeper is necessary.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we offer not only water well drilling and repair services, but also well rehabilitation in numerous areas. When clients are worried about depth issues in their well, they generally have two options: The process of deepening the existing well, or simply installing a new well from the ground up. Both these approaches have benefits and drawbacks depending on the exact issue and other variables – this part one of this two-part blog series will look at some of the benefits of the deepening process, while part two will go over when it’s typically prudent to replace the well entirely.

water well deepening vs replacement

Improved Water Supply

In many situations, depth issues in a well are brought on by shallow initial digging, or a well that’s under 50 feet in depth. At this depth level, water supply tends to vary pretty significantly – and on top of this, there isn’t as much space for water to be stored.

Well deepening, however, is a quick way to remedy this concern without impacting the entire well setup. Not only are you drilling down to a level where water levels tend to be more consistently plentiful, you’re also creating more storage space within the well for water.

Drought Resistance

In other cases, a drought will be the primary cause of your depth issues. This is common in a desert climate like Utah, where droughts are familiar.

Once again, deepening a well is a great solution here – and not just in the short-term. A deeper well is far more likely to survive through droughts in the future, as they’re further below the water table and are much less prone to going dry.

Increased Water Quality

Another risk of shallow wells: Contamination, which is more likely the closer you get to the surface. A deeper well, naturally, will be further from the surface, meaning it’s much less likely to be impacted by spills, chemical residue or other contaminants. Even if such particles make their way into the well, they will be diluted with clean aquifer water before reaching your actual drinking supply.

Cost Benefits

Finally, there are numerous situations where performing a basic well deepening process is much more affordable than installing an all new well. Many deepening jobs only require cleaning and minor re-drilling, plus limited tasks like extending casing or removing existing pipes and wires.

For more on choosing between deepening your well and drilling a new well entirely, or to learn about any of our water well drilling or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Well Pump Action Variables When Leaving Town, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the factors at play when deciding whether to turn off your water well pump when leaving town for a trip or vacation. There are a few important variables to consider here, from the length of your trip to your plans with the home’s HVAC system and the time of year, with the goal of keeping the pump and other well components in great working order.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re happy to provide a variety of water well services, from well drilling and installation to well rehabilitation and repair – and we’re also here to offer expertise on numerous well-related questions like this one. Here are some of the primary benefits of turning off the well pump during a trip or vacation you’re taking, plus some basic steps on how to do this if you’ve decided it’s the prudent course of action.

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Preventing Unit Damage Risks

Particularly when it comes to longer trips you plan to take, you should be wary of the potential for minor issues with the well pump that will simply sit and fester if you’re away. The most common such issue is some kind of electrical problem such as a surge, which can impact the well pump in several ways – but if you’re away for weeks and the pump is left on, it will continue to experience issues until you return.

This is simply a preventive perspective: For such trips, it’s generally better to avoid these risks and turn the pump off. Just in case anything happens with a related system, whether it’s the electrical system, HVAC components or others, the pump is not at risk.

Water Damage and Health Risks

As we touched on in part one, one of the primary risks associated with the water pump and water system during a trip, especially one during colder weather, is frozen pipes and related bursting issues. These lead to flooding and serious water damage in some cases, which in turn risks exposure to bacteria, viruses and other contaminants from water that stagnates in various parts of the home.

If you turn the pump off ahead of a cold-weather trip, however, this risk is heavily reduced or even eliminated altogether. Especially if you plan to turn off the HVAC system during such a vacation, the pump should be turned off as well.

How to Turn Off Your Water Well Pump

If you’ve decided to turn off the well pump for a trip, doing so is easy enough. Simply head to the electrical panel in your home and turn off the breaker that connects to your well pump system. Some will also cut the power to their water heater as well, helping prevent a broken water line from attempting to pull water from it. If you have any questions or concerns about turning off the pump, contact our team.

For more on whether or not to turn off your water well pump when leaving on a trip, or to learn about any of our water well services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Well Pump Action Variables When Leaving Town, Part 1

There are a few home fixture areas to think about when you’re planning a significant trip where no one will be in the house for several days at a time, and this is particularly true for homeowners with water wells on their property. The primary question at play here involving the well: Should you turn off your well pump before leaving on a given trip or vacation?

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re here to provide not only water well drilling, installation and rehabilitation, but also a variety of expertise areas when it comes to maintaining and caring for your well system. In this two-part blog, we’ll go over every factor to consider when deciding what to do with the water well pump when you leave town, including a few risk factors to keep in mind plus the benefits of turning the system off – and how to do it if you decide this is the proper choice.

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Length of Trip

One of the simplest factors at play here will be how long the home will be left empty for during your trip. Will it be totally unoccupied for a period of a few days, or will the absence be closer to several weeks or even a month or longer? This area will also play a major role in deciding on what to do with other basic home service areas that relate to your water supply.

Time of Season

Another key variable that homeowners will have to think about here is what time of year the trip is taking place during. Summer vacations, for instance, present no risks when it comes to freezing water or related impact on your piping system – many choose to turn off not only their water system for a longer trip, but also their HVAC system to save both money and strain on the components involved.

During the fall or winter, on the other hand, there may be risks associated with turning off the HVAC system. This will allow pipes to freeze in cold temperatures, which can lead to pipe bursting issues if water isn’t properly flushed from the pipes ahead of time. For this reason, many choose to leave the heating system on during such winter trips, and leaving water on makes sense as well.

Heating System and Plan

Down related lines, your plan with the HVAC system and the overall power system in your home will play a role here. If you plan to shut these off during a fall or winter trip, you should definitely be planning to do the same with your water pump – the lack of heat will make freezing risks very high, and you should not take this chance.

For more on the factors involved in whether to turn off your well water pump while leaving town, or to learn about any of our water well installation or repair services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Common Signs of Well Water Problems, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the common issues that may show themselves within your water well system. While proper maintenance should prevent most or all of these concerns from cropping up, there are some cases where they will make themselves known when the issue becomes significant enough – and you need to be able to recognize the signs.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to offer quality well rehabilitation and repair services in addition to our water well drilling and installation solutions. We’ve seen every potential sign of water well issues taking place, and we know precisely how to get to the bottom of them and find you the most cost-effective solution. Here are a few other areas to keep an eye (and an ear, and a nose) on, plus what can be done about some of the issues these concerns may be signaling.

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Use Your Senses

We mentioned sounds in part one of our series, but they’re far from the only potential use of your senses that might come in handy when identifying concerns with water wells. A few other senses to keep in mind here:

  • Taste: We all know how clean and healthy water should taste, so if you notice a major difference here in your water – such as a metallic taste, which could signal high iron or manganese levels – there could be an issue.
  • Smell: Water may also smell different than it should normally, such as a sulfur or rotten egg smell that may take place due to hydrogen sulfide entering the groundwater through decaying organic matter.
  • Appearance: Water may look several unusual colors or hues, each of which might signal various particles that are present. If your water is any strange color, call our team and describe it to learn more.

Well Cap Issues

You should be periodically checking the top of your well casing, where the well cap cover should be properly covering the entire area. If it’s been damaged in any way, insects may make it inside and contaminate the water, leading to major issues. Confirm the cap is at least six inches off the ground, in proper working order and not being impacted by plants or other growths in the area.

Contamination Signs

Finally, there are several possible contaminants that may make it into your water if you don’t take the right precautions. Some of these and their common indicators:

  • Salt: In a place like Utah where salt is regularly used on roads, salt can infuse into well water and impact its quality, impacting taste and leaving a residue behind. The most common indicator here is simply the recent laying of salt on the roads, after which you should pay close attention to your water.
  • Hard water: Hard water from the well may signal groundwater seeping into the water supply, allowing various minerals and potential contaminants.
  • Agricultural runoff: This is one area where signs are tough to pick up, as nitrates – the most common contaminants from agricultural runoff – are colorless, odorless and tasteless. This is an area that indicates the importance of testing well water regularly, as certain contaminants may not give off signs.

For more on possible signs of issues with your water well, or to learn about any of our well drilling or repair services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Common Signs of Well Water Problems, Part 1

Water wells, both private and commercial, require standard maintenance and attention throughout their lifespans to ensure they operate properly. Such maintenance should generally be carried out before any significant issues take place – but in some cases, such issues will give you strong signs that such maintenance or repairs are necessary on your water well.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re here to help with a variety of quality water well repair and rehabilitation services. We’ve assisted clients with issues ranging from pumps and pressure concerns to contaminants and health hazards, ensuring your water is both plentiful and healthy at all times. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over several potential signs of problems taking place in your water well, plus how they can be remedied.

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Sudden Electrical Bill Spike

One of the simplest and most prominent signs of issues in the water well is a sudden jump in your electric bill at the end of a given month. Many problems within a given water well will force the system to work harder – a clog in a pipe will put extra strain on the pump, for instance, as will a breakdown of a check valve or a broken pipe that leads to water leakage and forces a greater supply to be used.

All of these concerns will lead to more work for the pump or other components, and these require electricity. If you notice a sudden spike in your bill that doesn’t have another simple explanation, an issue with the water well is often the culprit.

Strange Noises

Are you hearing sounds like groaning, moaning, humming, grinding or even growling coming from your water pipes or the well pump? These signal pump issues, and you should contact our team right away to investigate the issue before potentially hazardous concerns take place.

Sputtering Faucets

Many of us have experienced the frustration of a sputtering faucet in the past: Blasts of air with little shots of water here and there, then hopefully a normal flow of water afterward (though not always). This is a sign there’s too much air present in your plumbing system, often tracing back to issues with the well pump that may trace back to a failed valve.

In other situations, the problem could be due to a drop pipe that’s connected to the pump experiencing damage. In still other cases, the well pump itself may need to be placed in a lower location because your water table has dropped, meaning the pump is mistakenly drawing in too much air instead of water.

For more on possible water well problems and the signs they’ll give you, or to learn about any of our water well drilling or rehabilitation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.