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Many people across America rely on wells to access the potable water they use in their homes each day. Without a functioning well pump, it would be impossible to maintain continual access to well water. Pumps can sustain damage in a variety of ways, but there are some situations that could be posing a targeted risk for your well pump.
Here are two situations that might cause damage to your pump that you should be watching for if you want to maintain the quality of your well pump in the future.
1. A power outage.
Many well pumps rely on electricity in order to access the power they need to continue pumping water into your home on a regular basis. If you experience a power outage in your area, your pump could turn off.
A sudden loss in electricity will cause the pump to shut down improperly, which could result in damage to the pump itself. If you live in an area where power outages happen on a regular basis, you may want to consider installing a backup generator to supply the power needed to keep your well pump running the next time the power goes out.
2. A pressure loss in the expansion tank.
Most wells come equipped with an expansion tank. The well pump works to fill this tank with water. As the tank fills, the air inside of it becomes pressurized. Eventually, the air becomes so pressurized that it trips a pressure switch, signaling the pump to stop sending water into the tank.
When you open a faucet in your home, water escapes the tank and the pressure switch is triggered again signaling the well pump that more water is needed. When you experience a significant loss of pressure in your expansion tank, the pressure switch may not work properly. Your well pump will work overtime to keep the tank filled, causing a potential burn-out.
If you begin to notice that your faucet pressure isn't as high as it used to be, this could be an indication that you need to have the pressure switch in your expansion tank checked to prevent your well pump from being overworked.
Maintaining your well pump should be a top priority when it comes to ensuring your home has access to fresh water. Installing a backup generator and monitoring the condition of your expansion tank's pressure switch will allow you to keep your well pump in good condition. Contact a business, such as Mike's Pump and Well Service LLC, for more information.