Your well pump is one of the most important appliances within your household, as it provides the water for a variety of other appliances within your home, including basic water fixtures which are necessary for showering and drinking. As such, any sort of damage or wear that your well pump experiences can represent a massive disruption to the rest of your home. Understanding some of the warning signs associated with a well pump that is in need of replacement can help you figure out when you need to contact a plumber.
One of the most obvious and immediate signs that you'll have to have a professional take a look at your well pump is if the water coming out of your water fixtures is significantly discolored. This can be because of a clogged or broken filter within the pump itself, allowing contaminants within your well water to make it into your pipes. You'll want to have this addressed as soon as possible, as such discolored water may not be safe to drink or use to clean dishes, clothes, or your body.
Reduced Water Pressure
Another clear indication that your well pump has reached the end of its lifespan is if the water pressure throughout your home is extremely low. A single affected water fixture or appliance will likely have an issue within the pipes or another part of your plumbing, but widespread reduced water pressure is almost always because of a clog, damaged motor, or some other serious problem within your well pump. Catching this problem early can mean that only a single part needs to be replaced, instead of the entire pump, which is a much cheaper solution.
If you notice that there are loud grinding, bumping, or other irregular sounds coming from your plumbing when your well pump kicks into gear, you should turn all of your water fixtures off and contact a professional immediately. This is most commonly caused by a clog within the well pump, and continuing to operate the pump can cause increased wear to your unit, leading to a complete pump failure or at the very least further damage. In a similar vein, listen to make sure that your well pump is not running even when all of your water fixtures and appliances are turned off: if the pump is operating, you may have a leak somewhere in your plumbing, or the pump itself may be malfunctioning or damaged. In either case, an inspection by a professional is needed to get your plumbing back in order again.
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