What To Do If You Have No Water Coming From Your Well
There is nothing worse than coming home to find that when you turn on your faucets they are not working properly and there's no water coming into your kitchen or bathrooms. Many homeowners are unaware that a single broken component or a dry spell in the weather can mean disaster for their water well system. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to determine where the problem lies.
The Well Pump
While the well pump itself will not be accessible to you, you may still check the status of your pump in several ways. First of all, your pump requires power to operate. Check the breaker in your house to determine whether or not the pump is getting sufficient power. If the breaker or power switch have been turned off reset them and try the pump again. If the pump is receiving power, but is still not functioning properly, there could be a mechanical issue at hand. You will need to call a pump specialist who will determine if the pump has burned out or if replacement parts are needed.
Water Pressure Problems
Oftentimes homeowners begin to see signs of trouble well in advance of a major problem. This usually begins with low or inconsistent water pressure. The first place to start troubleshooting is at your pressure tank. The gage should read at least 40 psi to indicate adequate pressure in your system. If this is not the case, the pump can be adjusted up until it is building enough pressure.
In addition, if water pressure is inconsistent between one side of the house and the other, it could be that you need a constant pressure system installed. The constant pressure system will monitor pressure in your system and adjust your pump speed accordingly to maintain pressure across the whole house. This means that someone can take a shower while you do dishes and you will not have to worry about pressure in either location. Constant pressure systems are a simple addition to any well and can make a huge difference in the way your pump performs.
The Water Table or Well Depth
In homes with a shallow well, even short droughts in the region can cause the water level to fall below accessible levels. If this is the case, it may be time to drill deeper. Deepening your well is a cost effective way of restoring water to your house compared to adding a secondary well. The deeper your well goes, the less likely you are to notice short term fluctuations in the water table. For best results, the well will be drilled down into the bedrock, adding more storage capacity to the well instantly.
If your well has already been deepened and you begin to see problems with water shortage, you may have a blockage in the bedrock. Hydrofracturing, using pressurized water to clear out debris and restore the free flow of water in your well. This requires the consultation of a licensed well contractor and significant research into the underlying causes. Hydrofracking should be a last resort as it is costly and can be disruptive to the immediate environment surrounding your well.
No matter what kind of water problems you are facing, Skillings & Sons is here to help. Our knowledge and experience can help you troubleshoot your well quickly and easily so you can get back to your routine with plenty of water. We also offer 24 hour emergency service for when your basement floods or your well runs dry. Just give us a call at 1-800-441-6281 today.