Water pumps are an integral part of many home plumbing systems, and homeowners often only realize there’s a problem after they’ve sustained major water damage. Water pumps are connected to homes in rural areas that rely on well water. Today, these pumps are less old-fashioned and run on the technology of jet pumps to work. Troubleshooting a broken water pump isn’t an everyday occurrence, but there are a few common problems homeowners run into that you should be aware of.
Water pumps usually start leaking if the unit has degraded or worn down with time. Jet water pumps are located indoors most of the time, so if you have a leak, you should be able to notice it. A leaking well pump can be caused by a cracked pipe, tear or changes in pump pressure. Signs of a water pump leak in your home include wetness on the ground or floor near the pump and an unexplained rise in your water bill. Left untreated, leaks can cause flooding and massive damage including wood rot and mold. Consulting with a professional plumber ASAP is the best way to catch and patch a leak before it becomes a bigger problem.
Water pumps last around eight to 10 years, but they can break down prematurely due to faulty equipment, machine strain or clogs. The type of well pump that you have will largely influence the cost of its replacement or repair. On average, the actual well pump costs around $200, but installation and service costs are typically $1,500 to $2000. If your water pump equipment malfunctions, then you might experience issues with water pressure and leaks. Clogs are also common after a breakage. If your well pump is old, you may want to consider upgrading to a newer model that is self-priming, energy-efficient and less likely to wear down as easily as older pumps.
Clogs are one of the most common plumbing problems, and water pumps aren’t immune. A well pump clog may result from faulty pipes or a damaged motor, which isn’t able to flush water as strongly as it used it. Well pump clogs can cause massive problems, especially if the blockage builds up and causes a pipe to burst. A clogged water pump may also lead to water short-cycling. You can clean a submersible well pump by following the manufacturer’s removal instructions and running water through the tubing.
Water pumps can be tricky things to fix. If you don’t fix them properly, you can end up with a lot of problems. If you aren’t a DIY expert, contacting a professional plumber is the best way to protect your home, prevent damage and preserve your water pump’s lifespan.
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