Imagine that your residential well pump is like the human heart, reliably pumping precious water out to where it’s needed, day after day.
If this key component falters or fails, you may turn the tap one day and find it dry or, worse, spitting dirty water or air. Today’s well pumps are durable and made to last, and they have the ability to maintain a more consistent and satisfactory level of water pressure.
Residential Wells, Well Pumps and Water Pressure
The water flows from your tap (or into your dishwasher, washing machine, from the garden hose) because of water pressure. Consequently, no water pressure means no water for your home.
As you may have guessed, a residential well pump is what we use to create water pressure, at least in most cases.
Choosing the right type and model of pump is critical. While we strive to fully meet the needs of your household, we are bound by the capacity of your well and pressure tank
Types of Residential Well Pumps
Two types of pumps are used in residential wells: jet pumps and submersible pumps.
Jet models use suction to create a vacuum effect, which lifts the water out for use. They are installed in a location outside the well. These are appropriate primarily for shallow wells but they require priming to create a vacuum.
Submersible well pumps use a motor to push water out, rather than draw it up with pressure. These are installed within the well itself and are appropriate for deeper as well as shallow wells.
Submersible models can push out more water than jet pumps, using the same size motor. Consequently, submersible technology is used most often in residential wells.
Variable speed and constant pressure pump options are also available. In many cases, these will resolve any water pressure problems you may have with your current pump system.
How Do You Know It’s Time for a New Well Pump?
If you turn the tap and no water comes out, you may have a problem with your residential well pump.
While that’s the most obvious indicator, it’s certainly not the only one.
You may notice air coming from your faucet, alone or mixed with the water. If you water suddenly become dirty, it may also signal a problem of this nature. One of the more common symptoms is a sudden, unexplained increase in your power bill.
Pumps fail due to age, poor maintenance, high mineral content in the water or even a power outage. Fortunately, today’s residential well pumps are designed to last for decades.
Mike Zimmerman Well Service serves commercial and residential customers in Wyoming and Utah. If you suspect you have a problem with your well, contact us today. The sooner we can troubleshoot and repair the problem, the less chance you’ll face a costly and inconvenient interruption of your water service.
We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you with all of your commercial and residential well pump needs.