Whether your well is existing or new, a common concern for homeowners is a well drying up. If you are having some trouble getting enough water from your well and you are not experiencing any drought concerns, it could be an issue with the pump, or some other minor part may be to blame. If you have found yourself wondering about this, read on for more information about wells running dry.

Signs to Watch Out For

There are a few telltale signs that your well might be suffering from drought. If you notice any of these common symptoms, give us a call to have your well inspected.

  1. Change in Taste

When the amount of water in your well begins to decrease, the concentration of sediment and other deposit minerals in the water can increase, causing a change in the smell and taste of the water. If you notice a sudden change in the water odor, it may be because of a change in the water depth.

  1. Muddy Waters

No, we are not talking about the famous blues singer. But if you notice that your well water is coming through the tap a bit murky, it could be due to a drop in the water level.

  1. Pump Running Time

It is a good idea to pay attention to how long your well pump is running. An increase in the run time is a sign that it has to work harder to achieve the appropriate pressure for the system to pump the water. If you notice your pump is running for longer periods at a time or is turning off and on more frequently, it could indicate that your well is running low.

  1. Faucet Sputtering

When there is too much air in the line, it makes the faucet sputter. Sometimes, a  sputtering faucet means a pipe leak or a broken valve. However, it is also a common sign of low water.

Fixing the Problem

The good news is that just because a well is running dry does not mean that a new well necessarily needs to be dug. There are a few other remedies that can be tried to increase the amount of water in your well. For starters it could be a simple matter of a submersible well pump that is to high in the well. Having a professional come out and reinstall the pump at a lower depth may resolve the issue.

Another option could be to dig the current well deeper. Additional digging could expose new bedrock fractures leading to more water being available to your well. However, it could also be that your well is reaching the end of its lifespan and will need to be replaced. In any case, contact American Pump Services to have your well inspected and determine the best course of action for your well, your family, and your budget.