How It Works:
Thousands of residents in the Greater Danbury area rely on well systems to live, but few fully understand how their wells actually work.
Your water system consists of two main components: the well pump, which is underground, and the pressure tank, which is usually in your garage or basement. The pump draws water from the ground and into the tank, where the water temperature and pressure are controlled. This is the fundamental process that keeps your washing machines, sinks, baths, and faucets running smoothly.
While it sounds simple fundamentally, your well is actually a complex process of steps that involve electricity, pressure changes, and environmental factors, including contamination and temperature. As such, any seemingly harmless malfunction that you’ve been noticing in your water supply, from temperature changes to changes in water pressure, may not be as harmless as they seem. This, of course, is an addition to the obvious warning signs, like a complete lack of water, which may indicate that your well has run dry.
Routine maintenance of your well pump is crucial to your water supply’s health and functionality. That’s why it’s recommended to inspect your well every year to ensure your water is flowing nicely and free of any harmful contaminants. However, if you are experiencing any problems in between inspections, you may need All State Plumbing to help diagnose the issue. It may not seem worth keeping up to date with inspections, but neglecting serious well issues can cost you thousands of dollars long term.
Perhaps the most alarmingly obvious reason to alert All State Plumbing is if you have no water. Before you skip to conclusions, check to see if your electric for the well tank has shut off; water simply can’t be pushed throughout the house if the tank is off. However, if it’s not an electrical problem, your well’s water table may be lower than the pump can reach. The most common causes for a low water table are overuse of water, or drought due to lack of rainfall, both of which are typical issues during the summer.
Another common issue is if your tank is making loud clicking or hissing sounds. This may mean that there’s not enough pressure in the tank, which is vital to getting water pumped throughout your home or building. If your tank is at a lower than ideal PSI, then the likely explanation is that your tank is leaking air. This can lead to low water pressure and, even worse, eventual wear and tear on your well pump’s motor. A pump that has to stop and start frequently can lead to bigger problems than the faulty leak you’re experiencing now.
The extent of a well system’s problems can be divided into four main parts: the pipes, the tank, the pump, and the supply of water. Malfunctions in any of these four components are at the least bothersome, and at most, life-threatening. This is why it’s imperative to hire qualified professionals, like All State Plumbing, for all of your well water wishes.