Could the Problems at Your Faucet Signal Larger Well System Issues?
Little annoyances at your kitchen or bath faucet can potentially portend major issues with your well water. Pulsating or sputtering faucets, low water pressure, or even odiferous and discolored water may signal some serious problems with your water well system. It is important to recognize these problems and solve them before they become expensive repairs.
Pulsating or Sputtering Faucets
A faucet that sputters out water instead of a steady stream is often caused by air in the plumbing. This air can be introduced by a restriction in your plumbing, improper calibration of well system components, a worn-out pressure tank, or even a leak in your water well system. If you have a tank that is quick cycling—going on and off multiple times per minute—this could indicate your pump is starting and stopping unnecessarily. This quick cycling can burn out a pump, rub on the wire, and even split your water line.
Low Water Pressure
Another problem that seems small and mildly irritating is low water pressure. While it may seem just annoying to take longer showers or do dishes, it could portend larger issues like low tank pressure, restrictions in your in water lines, or even leaks. Something else to consider is you may have the wrong size well pump, or it is set too high in your water well casing. Also, it could be that it is too old and unable to keep up like it used to.
Water Has a Weird Taste or Odor
If your water is having a weird smell or taste, don’t just get used to it, check into it. Bad taste and odors usually indicate issues with your water quality. Sediment, minerals, metals, or even gases could be finding their way into your water system. While some of these problems are innocuous, others can be dangerous for your family.
Electric Bill Increase
Have you experienced a higher-than-normal electric bill? This could mean that your water well system is working harder than it should. As mentioned above, your pump could be quick cycling and using more electricity.
The bottom line is, if you have any of these small issues, don’t procrastinate until they become larger, more expensive repairs. One way to mitigate expensive repairs is preventative maintenance. C&J offers an annual six-point inspection that evaluates water flow, check the air in your pressure tank, analyzes your pressure switch, examines for any leaks in your piping, tests the amps and ohms to your water well pump, and even send a sample of your water to an independent laboratory for bacteria testing. We are currently offering this annual inspection for $285, instead of our regular price of $385. Whatever your issue is, don’t delay—call C&J today!