Water wells are a fantastic resource for many Alto, Greater Grand Rapids, and Western Michigan homeowners. These wells produce safe, great-tasting water for years with minimal service. However, what many residents fail to realize is that routine maintenance is required to ensure these tanks operate efficiently and to avoid problems. If you’re experiencing issues with your water well, call us today.
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Tell-Tale Signs of Water Well Pressure Tank Problems
You rely on your water well to provide you and your family with clean, safe water for drinking, washing, and bathing. So the last thing you need is for something to go wrong with the well. Here are warning signs that point to water well problems.
- The well pumps air, and you’re not getting the water volume desired.
- The well is pumping too much sediment.
- You have low water pressure
- You see a sudden spike in your energy bill.
- The water quality has gotten worse.
- The pressure switch and pump cycle on and off continuously.
Signs You Need Pressure Tank Replacement
Think of your pressure tank and well pump like a battery and generator. The tank stores the pressure while the pump makes the pressure. When one of these parts fails, the system doesn’t work as expected. Here are signs that you need a new pressure tank.
- Wild Pressure Fluctuations - If the pressure gauge bounces back and forth rapidly, or you notice the pressure fluctuating when the faucet is on, it’s a sign of a problem you must address.
- The Top of the Tank Feels Cold - If you knock on the top of your pressure tank, it should sound hollow. If it sounds full, it means the tank is malfunctioning.
- Low Pressure - If your pressure gauge shows less than ten psi, it could mean the diaphragm is damaged.
If you’re not sure about how to check your pressure tank, or would rather have a pro handle it, contact Sheely Plumbing Inc.
How Long Does a Pressure Tank Last?
There are a variety of factors that determine the longevity of today’s pressure tanks, including its quality. Cheaply made pressure tanks may last only a few years, while high-quality tanks remain functional for up to 30. Also, provided the water is clean, and the tank is adequately sized for your needs, it should last 15 years on average.
The lifespan of the tank also depends on the quality of the water coming up from the well. If the water contains sand or rocks, the sediment rubs against the diaphragm and creates holes.
Lastly, cycling can take a toll on the tank. The pressure tank limits how much the pump cycles, so if you have rapid cycling, it causes the system to wear out more quickly.