Your well pump is the lifeline of your home's plumbing system, as without it you would not be able to use any sort of water fixtures or water using appliances within your home. However, due to the constant usage and general wear that your well pump experiences, it will naturally begin to degrade over time. Understanding what some of the warning signs associated with a well pump that needs to be serviced are can help you contact a plumbing repair service to have it repaired before it fails and leaves you high and dry.
Decreased Water Pressure
One of the earlier warning signs associated with a damaged or failing well pump is a marked decrease in your home's water pressure. This is also one of the most common well pump issues because it can be caused by a variety of different factors: more often than not, it's a burned-out motor that needs to be replaced, but in some cases the well pump isn't the issue at all and a pipe leak somewhere in your home's plumbing system is to blame. Either way, services like Vanhook Plumbing Heating & Cooling will be able to identify the issue and develop the best course of action for you.
Discoloration and Smell
Another sign associated with a well pump that has begun to fail is if you notice that the water coming out of your faucets is colored, cloudy, or otherwise aesthetically altered. This is doubly true if you notice that there is an odd smell coming from your water, and the taste seems off. In some cases, you may not be able to work up suds with cleaning detergents and soap. This discoloration, as well as the other symptoms, point to rust and corrosion within your well pump, causing iron and other dissolved minerals to enter your water supply. Bad smells can also point to bacteria that has contaminated your well, which will require cleaning and treatment to remove.
Increased Energy Bills
Finally, a damaged well pump can also significantly increase the energy bills in your home. This can be because of two reasons: first, your well pump has lost its effectiveness, and thus needs to run constantly to provide the same amount of water to your home that it previously did, or second, there has been some sort of damage to the wiring, causing the motor to continue to run even when it is not needed. In either case, you will likely have to either replace the motor and wiring within the pump, or even the entire pump itself.