Building An Addition: A Homeowner's Guide

3 Possible Causes For The Loss Of Pressure From Your Home's Water Well Pump System

by Toni Richards

If your home's water pressure has dropped significantly, you may wonder what is causing the sudden decrease. Below are three possible causes for the loss of pressure of water coming from your home's well pump system.

Valve on the Pressure Tank Is On

The first possible reason why you may be losing water pressure is something you can easily check yourself. If the valve on the pressure tank near your well is turned on, the amount of pressure will decrease, resulting in less water being pushed through to your home.

To check to see if this is the issue, simply go to the tank, and turn the valve clockwise. If you are able to move it, it was turned on and the problem should be fixed. However, if you discover that the valve is already off, the trouble may lie in one of the other two reasons discussed below.

Crack in the Pipe Leading to Your Home

Another possible cause of your home's lack of water pressure may have nothing to do with the well or the pump. If there is a crack in the pipe leading to your home caused by intense pressure or tree roots growing into it, the water may be leaking out into the soil.

One way to see if this is a possibility is to look at your yard between the well and your home. If one area is greener than the rest, or the soil stays wet, you may have a leaking pipe. Since this is part of the well pump system, you will need a professional pump repairman to look at it.

Water Well Pump Is Failing

If you find no evidence of a leaking pipe, another possible explanation is that the water well pump is failing. This failure could be caused by a burned up motor or a crack in the casing. Either way, the pump is no longer able to pull and push out enough water to give you the pressure you need for your faucets.

To check for a failing pump, listen carefully when you run the water in your house. You may hear gurgling coming through the pipes as the pump struggles to push the water through. Also, listen around the site of the well to see if you hear clicking, whirring, or sputtering noises, which can also indicate a problem with the pump.

If you suspect the problem is caused by any of the above issues, you need to have a professional, like MIKE MOORE WELL & PUMP Services Inc., take a look at your well. You should contact a contractor who specializes in water well pump systems to have them inspect the pump and discuss solutions for getting your home its water pressure back.