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3 Common Water Well Repair Issues

Four generations of experience installing, maintaining and
repairing wells throughout Utah and Wyoming.
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If you rely on a residential water well for your home, repair service will become a necessity from time to time.

If you turn on the faucet one day and nothing happens, you will likely need a professional well service contractor to get your water flowing again. To diagnose and repair the problem, the contractor will conduct an in-person inspection and assessment of your water well system.

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Let’s look at some of the most common reasons that water well repairs are necessary.

Electrical Failure Requiring Water Well Repair

Electrical problems are a common problem. Fortunately, they are often the easiest to identify and, in some cases, can be simple to fix.

A short in the well pump system can blow the electrical circuit. Or the circuit can blow if a power surge hits as the pump is powering on. Resetting the circuit breakers or changing the fuses may work to repair the well.

Though it may seem unlikely, electrical failure can also be the result of a lightning strike. Well pumps provide a good grounding source for lightning, so strikes are not uncommon.

Replacing the pump is usually the only option if lightning damage is determined to be the cause of the problem. For that reason, we often recommend that homeowners install a grounding rod or other lightning protection system close to their private water wells.

Incorrect Installation of Water Well Pumps

Installing a well pump is not a do-it-yourself project. Yet, thanks to the many video tutorials available online, well owners often believe they can handle the job on their own. Or they may hire a local handyman from Craigslist to reduce their water well repair costs.

Unfortunately, this course often results in bigger problems. Without the proper experience and technical know-how, correctly installing a well pump can be difficult. As a result, mistakes are common.

Well service contractors are frequently called in after do-it-yourself well repair projects go awry. The damage can be fixed, but many water well owners learn the hard way that they should have trusted the job to a professional in the first place.

Water Well Issues May Be Due to Age

Home appliances don’t last forever and neither do private well systems. Wear and tear due to age is a common reason for repair calls.

Well pumps generally remain in operation for an average of ten years. But, high-sediment water, heavy usage or inadequate pump motor size can lead to failure in as little as four or five years. The quality of equipment installation can also make a difference in how soon you may require well repair.

In Utah and South Wyoming, well owners trust the professional team at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC to keep their systems in good working order. Contact our Salt Lake City office today to learn more or to request a water well repair estimate.