Subtle Signs That Your Water Well Needs Work

If you live in a rural area, you and your neighbors may use wells as your primary source of water. Therefore, like any other household necessity, it's easy to assume that the unit will continue to function as expected. While occasionally a well might simply quit working entirely without any prior notice, the truth is that much of the time before the water quits flowing entirely, the water flow may fluctuate. Therefore, if you are concerned about seemingly minor fluctuations in the water pressure provided by the well, you're likely to benefit from the following information.

Check The Water Supply Valve

It is important to note that when the water pressure you can normally access from your well varies from one level to the next or if the water pressure drops down and stays down, it might indicate that there is a concern with a valve that supplies water to the home from the well. If you are lucky, you might find that someone accidentally turned down or turned off that valve.

In that instance, refer to your owner's manual in order to determine where the valve is located. Turn off the valve, as well as the energy and water sources it utilizes.  Follow the directions listed in your manual to restore the valve to the expected position and check to see if the problem has been solved. If not, try the following step.    

Search For A Broken Or Burst Pipe

Another common misconception that many people have about their wells is that a damaged pipe is obvious and spurting. The fact is that a slow leak is not unusual and depending on where the impaired pipe is, you might never notice the deficiency. The issue often manifests near the top of the well and frequently occurs during deep freezes in the midst of winter and will require some work from your well expert. 

He or she will need to remove the well cap to check for the leak, which is likely to be found in the PVC pipes surrounding the area. The PVC will need to be removed and replaced with a new product. If the leak is elsewhere, additional research will be needed and the issue can be quite time-consuming to fully resolve.  

In conclusion, there are a wide variety of indicators that you might notice from your well in the days leading up to an impending crisis. As a result, it is a good idea for every homeowner who depends on a well for a primary water source to be aware of the facts shared above and to consult with an appropriate professional like Advanced Water Well Technologies if these efforts were not sufficient for the problem. Allowing the water issue to continue can result in expensive and extensive repairs, so delays are not recommended.