Although their function is relatively straightforward, wells rely on many parts to deliver water to your home. Today, we want to talk about one of the most critical components of a home water well – the pump.
What is a Submersible Well Pump?
If water is the lifeblood of a private well, then the pump is its heart. Submersible pumps are the most common type of pump used in wells. Like its name implies, a submersible pump is submerged in the well, and it works by pushing underground water to the surface, and into a pressurized storage tank to use when you need it.
Submerged pumps usually look like long, narrow tubes. Their mechanical parts – the motor, wiring and cables, etc. – are sealed inside the tube to prevent water from leaking in and damaging sensitive electrical circuitry.
Just like automobiles, submersible water pumps come in a variety of makes and models of varying quality. Franklin, Grundfos, Webrol, Dayton, PowerFlo … the list of manufactures is a long one. And, just like automobiles, some brands are better than others. At C&J Well Company, we carry Grundfos submersible pumps. Grundfos is the world’s leading pump manufacturer, and its products are widely considered the “Cadillac” of water pumps (or maybe “Volvo,” since Grundfos is a Scandinavian company). Click here to learn more about Grundfos constant pressure systems for your home.
Advantages of Submersible Well Pumps
Submersible pumps come with a number of advantages over traditional aboveground pumps.
- Compact cylindrical design allows submersible pumps to be used in a wide range of wells.
- Being waterproof, they are safe and rarely break down.
- If a malfunction does occur, submersible pumps are easily removable from the well to be serviced by a licensed professional.
- Since they push water instead of pull it, there is no need to prime your submersible pump.
- And with little more than routine scheduled well maintenance, a quality submersible pump should last 25 years or longer.
The initial cost of a submersible pump tends to be higher than a traditional pump. Some folks might call that a disadvantage, but consider this: a quality submersible pump is more versatile, more efficient, and more reliable than its older counterparts, and that more than makes up for any higher startup costs.