If the source of water in your home is a well, you may not think very much about it as long as you have water when you need it. However, when water starts flowing, there may be some problems you need to take care of. If you are having trouble getting water into your house, sometimes checking for a tripped circuit breaker and flipping a switch can set things right again. If not, here are a few possible reasons why the well doesn't seem to be working well.
Your Well Is Shallow
To pump water efficiently throughout your home, the well pump must always be covered in water. If not, it begins to pump air instead, resulting in a lack of water in the house.
If this has happened to you, your pump may not be deep enough in the well. This can be fixed by digging a deeper well to ensure that the pump can remain submerged in water all the time.
Your Pump Is Not Large Enough
One reason you might be having trouble is that your well pump is not powerful or large enough to pump water throughout your home. You could need a newer pump for your needs.
This is especially likely if you've made some changes recently. Have you added a new bathroom to your home? Are there more people living in your house? Have you recently installed a sprinkler system? Any of these kinds of changes could result in a greater need for a more powerful pump.
You May Have a Cave-In
If you don't see another problem, it may be that the walls of the well are caving in. The well walls might be under more pressure from the soil or water around them, causing them to crack. Large cracks can allow soil and rocks to get into the well housing and interfere with the collection and accumulation of water. You may need to clean out the well and replace the well walls. You might also think about moving your well to a better location to avoid that problem in the future.
Now that you know some of the reasons why your well has stopped working properly, use the information in this article to help you do some troubleshooting. You might want to contact a local water well drilling company like Hudson Valley Drilling to fully assess your situation and help you resolve any problems.