Waking up to find that you have no water at all is a big problem, and you may immediately suspect the problem is your well. While a dry well can lead to no water in a house, there are other things that can also cause this to happen. Here are three common reasons water in a home stops working completely.
Well Pump Lost Its Prime
For a well pump to work, it must be primed. Priming a pump is a process that involves eliminating the air out of the line and building up pressure to pump the water from the well to the house. When a pump is installed, it is primed; however, a pump can lose its prime. If this happens, you will not have any water in your house, because the pump is not able to pump it.
A plumber can determine if this is the problem by inspecting it. If this is the issue, it can be easily resolved by priming the pump once again.
Well Pump Is Shot
Well pumps do not usually go bad suddenly. They typically wear out slowly and begin to show signs that they are wearing out. Some of these signs include:
- The pump running more than it should
- Low water pressure
- Short cycling of the pump
If you have noticed any of these signs in the last few days or weeks, your well pump may be bad. If a well pump is bad, it will not work. To determine if this is the problem you are having, a plumber will need to inspect the pump. The plumber will make sure there is power to the pump, and he or she will make sure the pump is primed.
Typically, well pumps last approximately 10 years; however, they can wear out faster than this in some cases. If your well pump had been pumping dry or short cycling, it could easily have burned up from this. To fix this problem, you will need to get a new pump. A plumber can install this for you, and the plumber will prime it once it is in place and hooked up.
Pipes Are Frozen
Another reason you may not have water could be from frozen pipes. Of course, this is a problem you could only experience in the winter. This problem would also require having pipes that are exposed to extreme temperatures. When the weather is really cold and pipes are exposed to the cold temperatures, the water inside the pipes can freeze. If there is a lot of water in the pipes, they can freeze completely shut.
Frozen pipes are similar to clogged pipes. In other words, water cannot flow through a pipe that is frozen solid, and this could prevent your home from having the water it needs. This is not the only problem caused by frozen pipes though. Another issue that can occur is bursting of the pipes.
As water freezes, it expands. If it expands too much, it can cause the pipe to break open, and this can create further problems in your home. If you suspect this is the problem, you should hire a plumber to look for the frozen pipes in your home. Once the plumber finds them, he or she can try to thaw them out. If this is possible, the problem will be fixed; however, you should consider insulating these pipes to prevent this from happening again.
Living without water can be extremely inconvenient, but there are ways to fix the problem. If your home does not have water, contact a plumber from a company like Abbey Plumbing & Heating Co today to come to your house to find and fix the problem.