2 Myths About Well Pumps You Should Ignore

30 June 2015
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A water well is an essential device for many homes, and if you are considering buying a home with a well, it is important for you to understand these complex devices. Failure to be informed about this device can cause you to make mistakes that can leave your system more likely to experience severe damage. By understanding the truth about some common myths about wells may help you to be better informed about addressing and preventing some common sources of problems. 

Myth: Low Well Pressure Always Means It Must Be Drilled Deeper

There will eventually come a day when your well's water pressure drops. Many first-time homeowners may make the mistake of assuming this will mean the well must be drilled deeper, and after considering the costs of this type of repair, they may choose to delay the work. Luckily, there may be options for increasing your water pressure without needing to drill deeper. 

Often, this can be done by adjusting the valves and fittings on the well pump. By making these devices smaller, it is possible to increase the pressure of the water entering your home. However, this may not always be a viable option because the well's pressure may be too low for this to work. In this instance, you may be better off by having a storage tank installed that will slowly be filled by the well pump. When your home needs water, it will come from this tank as opposed to the well. 

Myth: Lightning Poses No Threat To Your Well System

Lightning has the potential to destroy any electronics that are in your home and connected to an outlet. Not surprisingly, most homeowners will take great care to prevent this type of damage from occurring by installing surge suppression systems. However, many homeowners fail to protect their well pump from these electrical surges, and this can leave it prone to suffering catastrophic damage. 

If your well is hit by a bolt of lightning or experiences a powerful electrical surge, it is possible for the wiring inside it to melt, which will ruin your pump. To avoid this damage, you should ensure that your pump is connected to a surge suppression device, and you should consider placing a lightning rod near to well to further protect it. 

Understanding how to address some routine issues that your well may encounter is an important task if you are considering buying a home that relies on a well system for water. By having these two myths dispelled, you will be able to more clearly understand your new home's well system. Contact R & H Service Inc for more information.