Your well pump is designed to provide your house with water, and in the event of a malfunction or breakdown, can ruin your entire day and leave you without any sort of running water at a moment's notice. Thankfully, there are some early warning signs that your well pump may be in need of repair or replacement, allowing you to contact a professional to take a look at your pump before it becomes a serious problem for you.
Dirt in the Water
If you notice dirt or any other contaminant in your home's water supply, you should stop drawing water immediately. This usually points to a damaged filter in your well pump, which causes dirt and other materials to be pulled directly into the pump. Dirt in your pump can cause components to rapidly wear down and break, so you should contact a plumber immediately to take a look at your well and replace the filter and any other components as needed.
Strange and Constant Noises
If your well pump is considerably louder, or is making constant chewing or grinding noises while in operation, you'll want to get it looked at right away. Like the above point, this usually points to dirt or some other contaminant making its way into the working pieces of the pump's mechanism. This can cause damage to the pump itself, and reduce your water pressure and the responsiveness of your pump. In a similar vein, if your pump is in constant operation, you may have an issue with the pressure switch or another internal component of the pump, which can increase the overall wear on your system as well.
Air in the Stream
If there are air bubbles that suddenly appear in the stream of water coming out of your water fixtures, there are two probable causes. Either there is some sort of damage to the well pump or plumbing that allows air to sit in the pipes, causing the sputtering, or the water table of your well has fallen below the pump, causing it to draw in air. Either way, there is an issue with your well that needs to be professionally looked at as soon as possible.
Increased Energy Bills
Coming hand in hand with constant noises, if you notice that your energy bills increase suddenly without a corresponding increase in the use of your home's appliances, a constantly running well pump may be to blame. A damaged or otherwise improperly functioning pump will demand a small, but consistent, amount of electricity throughout the day. Over the course of a month, this will result in a noticeable increase on your energy bill, so you should contact a professional immediately, as this problem will only get more and more expensive the longer you leave it.
For more information, contact a company like Peoples Plumbing LLC.