4 Signs Your Water Well May Have a Problem!Homeowners in Michigan often take their water wells for granted and assume their pump is always flowing clean water.  That’s because properly maintained water wells will provide years of service.  However, there are some common signs for an early warning that your water well may need to be serviced.  Here are just four of the signs that you need to be aware of.  If you experience any of these signs, it’s best to contact a local water well drilling and maintenance company to inspect your system to avoid the potential for significant damage to your system.

1.       Air-Filled Water
Are your faucets in your home releasing both air and water when they are turned on? If the sputtering is intermittent, it is usually not a cause for concern.  However, if the sputtering is prolonged, you should contact your water well contractor sooner than later to have it checked out. It may mean the water in your well is low or the pump needs to be purged and re-primed. Water should flow smoothly through your faucets.  Your water well contractor would inspect the water level and re-prime the pump to see if the air pockets can be removed.

2.       Low Water Pressure
Water from a water well should flow at a consistent rate.  If you experience a sudden drop with all your fixtures, it may be an early indication that your pump is failing.  Wear and tear on your pump my result is less efficient flow of water through your system.  If you are experiencing low water pressure in just one fixture, it may result from a leak from the main water line to that fixture.  If that is the case, a local plumber should be called to have them trace the problem back.


3.       Water Well Pump is Short Cycling
If your well pump is cycling on and off you need to get to the root of the problem as quickly as possible to avoid significant damage.  The most common reason for a short cycle is a loss of air charge.  This is especially true if you have an older non-bladder pressure tank. 


Another reason for as short cycle is if you have a clogged or faulty pressure control switch.  This may be caused by a clogged pump or water that is high in minerals.  If this is the cause, the switch should be repaired or replaced to resolve the problem.  Another possible sign that your pump is short cycling is an unexpected increase in your electric bill.

4.       Sand/dirt in the Water
Homeowners with water wells may assume that sand and dirt is a fact of life when owning a water well.  However, a pump drawing in sediment may be positioned to low into the well or the well have low water reserves.  The debris can cause your pump to be heavily damaged and completely fail if the problem is not resolved. 

Ries Well Drilling is a family-owned company and proudly served Macomb, St. Clair, Oakland, and Lapeer Counties with prompt and professional help with water wells and well service. Your well drilling project will always be on time and within budget thanks to our prompt service and affordable prices. Keep your water in top-notch condition with chemical well cleaning, treatment programs, and other well services. You don’t have to deal with low water pressure, dirty water and other well problems thanks to a brand new, productive system. Our reliable team of experts will travel to your residential, commercial, and industrial properties to ensure you understand the process. Call us today at 586-784-9516.