Many households rely on a private well for all their water. Water for drinking, cooking, bathing, cleaning and gardening all comes from the same water source on your property. But if there’s damage to your well, then things like ground contaminants and unhealthy particles can get into your water, causing illness if consumed or ruining laundry or plumbing pipes. So it goes without saying that a properly functioning well is important to your family’s health and wellbeing, which is all the more reason to make sure your well is in tip-top shape.
Knowing why well problems occur can prevent future issues. Here are some of the most common reasons for well pump repairs in Missoula, MT:
- Age: A well pump typically has an average lifespan of eight to 12 years before its age catches up with it, and how long it last depends on several factors—such as usage, water quality and the condition of the installation. If you think an old, failing well pump is fine, take a moment to think about everything inside and outside that requires water. Without water, the toilets won’t flush, you can’t do the dishes or wash clothes and shower time is gone. For that matter, how will you wash your hands? There will also be no water to drink, or what little water there is may be unhealthy and unsafe.
- Corrosion: A concern that many private well owners share is the fear of contaminants leaching through the soil around their installations—including pesticides, fertilizers, vehicle fluids and chemicals from household cleaners. But there’s another way for your water to become tainted: corrosion. Corrosion can occur when a water well is poorly maintained, which leads to the development of harmful bacteria, hazardous chemicals getting into the water and slime that attacks the metal on well casings. Even with a good quality well liner installed, it still might not be able to fend off corrosion.
- Electrical issues: If your well pump is powered by electricity—as opposed to an alternative power source like solar—then there is always the chance for electrical failures. Just as the electricity goes out in your home during a massive power outage, your well pump motor can go out, too. It is not immune to the damaging effects of electrical shorts or surges, so keep a close eye on a well pump that recently suffered a short, or schedule a professional inspection.
- Poor design or installation: While you can purchase a pre-made well installation, many homeowners choose to custom design theirs to ensure it is built strong and that it meets their family’s water needs. However, well problems can start long before they are installed on the property. For one thing, the well could have been improperly constructed, meaning there will be problems with the pump. It might also be installed in a bad spot on the property, or its parts may constantly malfunction.
For quality well pump repairs in Missoula, MT, look no further than the experts at Camp Well Drilling And Pump Service. We are here to diagnose and fix any problem you may be experiencing with your private well. Contact us today!