If your home uses well water, the well pump is one part that can undergo a lot of wear over the years. WIth all water in your home going through the pump, it will eventually break down and need to be repaired. Here are some tips that can help reduce unnecessary wear on the well pump.
Excessive Water Use
One problem that you may not realize puts stress on a well pump is excessive water use. This can easily happen if your family uses a lot of water all at once, and you actually run into a situation where the well has a lower-than-usual water level. It can cause the pump to get too hot, which puts unnecessary wear on the pump. Know there are monitors that you can place on your well to tell you how much water is in it, which can help prevent this damage from happening. However, it still requires everyone in your home to be aware of the problem and space out your water use. You may want to split up when people shower, with some people doing it at night and others in the morning.
Another issue that can affect your well pump is when there are power fluctuations. This can be completely out of your control as well, especially if your area suffers from frequent power outages and surges. You do not want to have the pump short out from inconsistent power, which is why it is worth installing a surge protector and battery backup on the well pump so that there are not any issues with the electricity powering the pump.
Ignoring Repair Issues
With the well pump pretty much being out of sight, you may not think of having the pump repaired until it is to the point of not working. That is why it is worth having the well pump inspected regularly by a plumber to make sure that everything is working properly
One common problem includes a pressure tank that is not working properly, which can cause water to pulsate as it flows out of your faucets. There may also be an issue where the pump is running nonstop, which may not be apparent from water use inside your home. A plumber will need to replace the check valve which is not telling the well pump to turn off and give it a much-needed rest. Talk with local plumbers about their experience with this plumbing system.