A residential well is a useful addition to one’s home, providing a consistent supply of water when needed. Like all other systems and equipment around the home, however, water wells are also not immune to developing issues over time.

There may come a time when the well would stop pumping water, and purchasing or setting up a new one isn’t a logical option. Conventional well pumps are built to last for many years, some as long as 20 years or more. However, the number of components involved in pumping water could present several issues which may restrict the water supply. In many cases, such problems are best left in the hands of a skilled Athens, GA plumber.

Different factors can cause well problems over time. These include poor design and construction, incomplete development, borehole instability, incrustation buildups, biofouling, corrosion, aquifer problems, and over-pumping. Of these, the first two are directly related to a well contractor’s expertise and performance. Over-pumping may be attributed to wrong practices, while the rest due are often the result of issues with the aquifer.

At times, the well exerts little to no water pressure. Troubleshooting zero water pressure is easy enough. First off, make sure that the breaker which runs the well pump is turned on. If the breaker is not the problem, it could be a complete blockage within the pump itself. You can check for this by checking the gauge. If it is broken or showing a zero reading, then you might have a blockage. Call an Athens, GA well drilling and repair service like Athens Plumbing & Well Service to handle the problem.

For low water pressure, the main problem may be with the pump itself. Fortunately, a problem like this doesn’t necessarily mean the pump has to be replaced.  A professional may clear the blockage, but do not lose any time in calling one. An issue like this can also cause breakage to the pressure pump, which would require a replacement.

Issues with water quality also occur from time to time, with several caused by human interaction and others occurring naturally. For instance, there’s hard water: one which contains magnesium and calcium ions. Hard water is easy to detect: if clothes are washed in it, they will often feel hard and scratchy. To fix this, the best step would be to have a water softening or conditioning system installed.

When your water well seems to be failing, do not wait a long time before getting it fixed. As soon as issues occur, it is best to have qualified technicians at hand to repair the damages at once and prevent future hiccups.

(Source: How To Troubleshoot Residential Well Problems, SFGate.com)