Now that winter is almost over, it's time to give your well some much-needed attention. During the winter, snow and ice can make it difficult to reach your well for maintenance. Now that the weather is warming up and the snow is clearing, you need to have your well inspected. The inspection should include your well pump. Here are four signs that you've got problems with your pump.
Your Faucet is Spitting Water at You
If your faucets have started spitting at you whenever you turn them on, there's a good chance that you have air in the lines. It's not unusual, or particularly dangerous for your faucets to spit from time to time. However, when spitting becomes a common occurrence, there could be a problem in your pipes or with the pump. If your faucets spit and sputter continuously, you need to have your well inspected as soon as possible.
Your Water is Filled With Dirt
If your pots, pans and cups fill with mud when you turn the faucet on, you've got a big problem somewhere in your well. Damaged pipes or problems with the pump can cause dirt and sediment to filter up through the ground. When that happens, you end up with muddy water. To prevent serious problems with your well, call for service as soon as you notice even the slightest discoloration in your water.
Your Pump Won't Turn Off
If your electric bill has shot through the roof, go out and check your well. You might find that your pump has been running non-stop. Problems with your well can cause your pump to work overtime to pick up the slack. Unfortunately, when your pump has to do additional work, it can wear out more quickly than it should. In fact, the added pressure can cause your pump to short-circuit. When that happens, it won't be able to shut off properly. If your pump won't turn off, you need to have it serviced as soon as possible. You should also have your well inspected at the same time.
Your Flow is Down to a Trickle
If your water flow has dropped down to a trickle, you could be looking at a few different problems. First, your well could be running low on water, which means it may be time for a new one. Second, you could have a broken pipe that's preventing water from making its way through the well. Finally, you could have an issue with your pump.
Contact a pump equipment repair service for more help.