If you live in an area that requires that you have a deep well for your water, the well most likely has a submersible pump to deliver water to your house. However, since it can be difficult to determine if there is a problem with the pump because of the depth, you may wonder how you will be able to tell if the pump is going bad. One way to tell if the pump is failing is by looking for the following changes to your home's water.
1. Changes in the Flavor and Color of the Water
One of the first changes in your water that you may notice if the pump is going bad is the flavor and color of the water. Whenever you take a sip of the water coming out of your tap, you may detect an earthy taste. In this case, there could be a crack in the system that is allowing dirt to contaminate the water.
The water may also have a slight brownish tint to it. You should be able to tell by filling up a clear glass with tap water and holding it up to the light. If you are still unable to tell the color of the water, fill another glass with bottled water, and compare it to the well water.
2. Signs that the Water Has Air in It
Another sign that your pump is failing or has a crack in the system is when you start seeing signs of aeration in the water as it comes out of the faucet. Whenever you turn on the tap, you may find that the water sputters for a few seconds then repeats the sputtering intermittently. You may also notice that the water's pressure has decreased significantly.
While there is a good chance that the problem is being caused by a failing water pump, there is a possibility that the line running from the pump to your house has a crack in it. You will need to have a professional inspect the pump and the lines to determine the true cause of the issue.
If your water has started to show changes such as those discussed above, your well's pump may be failing or have a crack in it. Contact a contractor who deals with submersible well pumps to have them inspect the damage and discuss whether the problem can be repaired or if the pump should be replaced. Reach out to a company like Modern Pump & Equipment to learn more.