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Variables in Choosing Water Well Pump Size

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There are several vital components involved in any water well system, and one of the single most important is the pump that will be drawing water out and upward from its source to its eventual destination. If your well is in need of a new pump, or if you’re drilling a new well that requires a pump selection, one of the main variables you’ll be considering here is the size of pump necessary. 

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re here to offer the very best water well services in Utah, from water well drilling to water pump service, well rehabilitation and numerous other solutions. Here are some basics on why choosing the proper size for a well pump is so important, how to consider your water needs when making this selection, and some of the other factors to keep in mind during this important decision – which, of course, our team of well professionals will always be available to assist you with.

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Why Proper Well Pump Size is Vital

Firstly, let’s discuss why the proper size for your well pump is so crucial. Simply put, if you choose a pump that’s too small for your needs, it will not be able to keep up with demand and may burn out quickly due to overworking. 

Conversely, choosing a pump that is too large will not only be unnecessarily expensive, but can also cause issues with water pressure and distribution. Additionally, a pump that is too large may not be able to properly maintain the pressure switch, leading to frequent cycling and potential damage. 

Additionally, choosing the proper size for your well pump will ensure optimal efficiency, saving you money on energy costs in the long run.

Considering Your Water Needs

One of the main factors to consider when selecting a well pump size is your household’s water needs. This includes not only daily usage, but also peak usage times such as laundry or showers. 

It’s important to estimate your needs accurately and consider any potential future changes – for example, if you plan on expanding your household or adding irrigation systems in the future. This is typically done by adding up the total number of water fixtures and appliances in the household, along with their respective flow rates. 

In other cases, you can use recent water bills or reports from previous pumps to determine average daily and peak usage.

Water Depth and Level

Another key variable in determining well pump size is the depth and level of your well. The deeper the well, the more powerful the pump will need to be to draw water up to ground level. Additionally, if your well has a low static water level or experiences fluctuations in water levels, this can impact your pump selection as well. 

It’s important to have a professional survey your well and assess these factors before making a decision on pump size.

Submersible or Above-Ground (Jet) Pump?

Within the world of well pumps, there are two major types: Submersible and above-ground (jet) pumps. Submersible pumps are placed directly inside the well casing and draw water up through a pipe, while above-ground pumps use suction to draw water from the well. 

Submersible pumps tend to be more efficient and longer-lasting, but may not be suitable for all well depths or levels. Jet pumps can handle higher water levels, but may require more maintenance and have a shorter lifespan. 

Our team can help you determine which type of pump is best for your specific well conditions.

Ensuring Care and Maintenance

No matter which size or type of well pump you choose, it’s crucial to ensure proper care and maintenance to keep it functioning at its best. Regular inspections from experienced professionals can catch any issues early on and prevent costly repairs down the line. 

Naturally, however, care and maintenance are made easier by selecting the proper size and type of pump in the first place. That’s where our team comes in, offering comprehensive well services to keep your pump running smoothly for years to come. 

As you can see, the size and type of well pump you choose is a critical decision for your water well system. At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re here to make that decision easier with our expertise and top-quality services. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with all your water well needs around Utah!