Residential water well systems can be a part of the property that many homeowners may not understand, and this can pose significant problems when there are issues with the well or well pump system that will have to be addressed.
Does The Well Pump Run Whenever You Are Using Water In The Home?
One assumption that homeowners may have about their water well systems is assuming that the pump will activate every time that they use the faucets or other plumbing fixtures. In reality, most well systems are configured so that the pump will actually fill a storage tank that will then be used to supply the home with water. Under this type of system, the pump will only activate when the storage tank starts to get low. This can lead to problems with the well pump being more difficult to notice as the homeowner may not readily realize that the storage tank is taking much longer to fill.
Is It Normal To Need To Replace A Well's Pump?
The well's pump can be the most complicated component fo the well system. This can lead to it being one of the components that will suffer the most significant wear and tear. As a result, the well pump can be prone to eventually needing to be replaced. While replacing the well pump can be a major undertaking, it will be unavoidable for most homeowners that rely on these systems to provide water. Luckily, most well pumps will start to fail gradually, which can allow you to schedule the needed repairs before this vital component completely stops working.
Will Major Excavation Work Be Needed To Install A New Well Pump?
Fears about much of the soil near the well needing to be excavated can lead to some homeowners wanting to avoid having the pump replaced. Most well systems will be designed so that the pump will actually be at or near the surface. This can make it much easier than homeowners may expect to have it repaired or replaced. If excavation is needed for this step, it will likely be fairly limited as most contractors will want to avoid potentially damaging the well shaft.
Understanding the role and needs of your home's well pump can be vital for keeping the property supplied with water. Unfortunately, this vital mechanical component will often be overlooked by homeowners. Once you have learned more about the role this component serves, the fact that a replacement may be unavoidable and the fact that this work may not require extensive excavation, you can better oversee well pump replacement projects.
If you need a replacement or a new well, reach out to a professional who provides water well pump installation.