Running water is just one of those things we take for granted – that is until you turn on the faucet and barely any water comes out. This is especially problematic when you own a private water well because it’s your responsibility to get to the bottom of the issue. If you own a water well and are experiencing a declining or low water pressure, you can do some troubleshooting but definitely consider calling for professional well and pump services.

First Steps

While low water pressure is a common sign that your well has a declining water yield, there are a few things you should do before you come to any conclusion. First, check the conditioning equipment attached to your plumbing. If they have not been serviced in a long time, it could contribute to or cause low water pressure. While most water well owners are relatively savvy with these systems, diagnosing issues and serving these systems is probably best left to a professional who provides well and pump services.

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Natural Causes

If the water softener and iron removal systems are in working order and you are still experiencing issues, it’s time to dig a bit deeper. Reduced water levels can sometimes be caused by drought. When there is a drought the flow and water pressure can be greatly reduced. You may be able to lower the pump deeper into the well in the event of a drought to remedy the issue. 

Blockage

When your well is properly drilled and maintained, it should be able to produce enough water for decades. However, issues can sometimes cause the well to become blocked or restricted. Blockage can be caused by sediment, sand, silt or clay building up within the well and blocking the water pump. Scale build ups from chemical precipitation can also cause blockage. Finally, bacteria and algae can build up on screens and intake valves, leading them to clog or accept less water. 

These issues take years to develop and would have been remedied by having the water well maintained regularly. On top of detecting issues through maintenance, regular water testing and remediation of pH, water hardness, acidity, iron, manganese, alkalinity and turbidity can prevent them from occurring in the first place. Imbalances in the water chemistry can increase the chances of chemical buildups and blockages. 

Solutions 

While the average well owner may be able to do basic troubleshooting on a water well, making a final diagnosis and fixing the issue is best left to the experts. Companies who provide well and pump services will go in with a special camera to figure out the exact cause and develop a plan of action. Your water well professional may introduce chemicals to the well and agitate the water column to dislodge anything blocking the water flow. They may also use special equipment to clean out blockages – it all depends on the cause of the issue. 

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Expert Well and Pump Services 

Are you experiencing a reduced water yield? It’s time to call the experts. A-1 Well Drilling and Pump Service has four generations of quality workmanship and customer service. We have the skills and expertise needed to help with your well drilling needs. 

Learn what our well and pump services can do for you. Along with installation, we provide repair services or replacements whenever necessary. With our 24/7 emergency service, we will be available when you need us most. Whether your well is too old and you need a new one or you’re simply in need of a few well repairs, we’ll be there for you! 

If no water is coming out of your well or you just think it’s time for a check-up, give us a call today!

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