Three Reasons For Low Well-Water Pressure

Your well system is an integral part of your plumbing system, as it is the sole source of water for your home. Reduced water pressure can make it harder to perform almost anything related to your plumbing system, from showering to washing dishes. Understanding what some of the most common reasons for reduced water pressure in your home's well system are can help you identify problems early and get in touch with plumbers to have them fix the issues.

Damaged Pump

One of the most common reasons why your water pressure has suddenly dropped is because your well pump has experienced some sort of damage or trauma that prevents it from adequately pumping water throughout your home. If this is the case, you may notice an increased amount of air in the pipes, as well as dirt or other debris in the water supply if the filter in the pump has been damaged as well.

Air in the Tank

An additional reason why your home's water pressure may have dropped is because of an improper ratio of air to water in your well's storage tank. Too much air located in your storage tank means that the tank itself cannot create pressure, forcing your well pump to pump water when it doesn't need to, thus increasing your energy bills. You can tell if you have too much air in your storage tank as you will notice a significant amount of spitting coming from your faucets and taps, as well as loud noises (banging, pinging, or groaning) coming from your pipes or water tank when you turn the water on.

Leaks

Another common reason for a drop in your home's water pressure is if a pipe that carries water from the well pump or storage tank to the rest of your home develops a leak, either due to age, rust, or physical damage – if not a combination of all three. You'll be able to tell if you have sprung a leak in your well water system if you find that your utility bills are increasing each month without a corresponding increase in the amount of water that you are using, especially if you notice that your pump is constantly running to supply water to your home when it previously did not have to. You may also notice signs of water damage throughout your home or in your yard, including staining, standing water, and peeling paint or wallpaper.  


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