When problems arise with your well, it is a stressful and worrying time. Homeowners have to worry about where they will get water to cook, bathe, and drink. While most residential well contractors do have emergency services, there is a possibility that homeowners have to wait for parts or repairs to finish up. However, well issues do not mean that people need to panic immediately. This week, we are listing tips to troubleshooting residential well problems. Read on to learn well troubleshooting for your home and keep the water flowing.
Before We Begin
As a well owner, problems with a well are stressful, and when the issue is resolved, it is tempting to simply feel relief and move on. However, it is always important to have a well professional double check everything after a major event. A professional guarantees that everything is okay, and the well is functional. Sometimes troubleshooting a seemingly small issue simply puts duct tape over a larger issue.
Oftentimes, troubleshooting is simply the homeowner checking things and realizing that they’re out of their depth. Taking notes and letting the experts know what happened when they arrive is the best option in that instance.
The Water Coming From The Well Is Discolored Or Smells Funny
In this case, it is best to avoid ingesting the water until a well service expert comes out to evaluate everything. A simple solution might simply involve installing a water treatment system. If that water as rust or other black and brown particles in it, that is probably the best solution.
Oftentimes, those issues arise from that the well is drilled into. For instance if there are high levels of iron, water often leaves rust-colored rings in the tub, sinks, and toilets.
The Flow Of Water Has Stopped Completely
This situation is concerning for many homeowners, for obvious reasons. There are a few different things to check before calling out emergency services.
Check The Power
“Have you tried turning it off and turning it back on?” As silly as it seems, sometimes the problem is just a simple issue with power. Sometimes a well trips the electrical circuit, which cuts power to the entire system. This is especially common if the well is in a rural setting. Problems such as power surges, blackouts, and brownouts also trip the circuit breaker.
Pressure Switch & Pressure Tank
When a well has a pressure tank and pressure switch, too much water pulling from the system at once trips this switch. The switch automatically shuts the entire system off. An easy way to check if the pressure switch has been tripped is to simply look at it. If the small bar is laying parallel to the ground, the switch has been tripped and needs resetting.