Many households increase their water usage in the spring and summer. It is never good to go without fresh running water, but this can be a catastrophe in the warmer months. Keeping up with needed repairs and maintenance is a good idea, but there are other ways you can avoid well pump repair in Missoula, MT. Here are five of them:
- Stay current on inspections: Arrange for at least one pump inspection per year. We cannot fix problems unless we find them, and to do that, you need to keep us involved. During this visit, we perform a full system check, including the pressure switch. The service also includes a performance check on the pump and motor, as we check the efficiency of the pump and its seals. This usually catches any serious problems before you wake up one morning with no running water!
- Do not skip the bacteria test: Even if your water remains pure and you avoid any signs of bacterial infestation, you still need to perform a bacteria test at each inspection. There may not be enough bacteria to make you sick, but it can contaminate your pump and demand expensive cleaning services. Check for bacteria whenever you notice changes in the smell, taste or color of the water. This routine occurs every three to five years, but if you fall off schedule, test it as soon as possible.
- Clear out deposits: There are cleaning products available that will prevent deposits and clogs from building up. They are not the same grade as the disinfectant cleaners we use, but they will control bacteria if used regularly. Besides avoiding contaminants, clearing out deposits also helps motor efficiency. Addressing these problems prevents issues and failure later. Many problems resolve with a good cleaning. If that does not work, then you likely need to call us in to repair the pump motor.
- Take precautions against power surges: Since power surges affect well pumps more than other systems in your home, it is best to avoid them completely. Add a backup generator or an alternative power source in case there is a power surge. This keeps the pump running even when power is out, and keeps circuits from becoming overwhelmed and failing. If an additional power source is not feasible, consider powering down your pump during storms and other instances when the chance of a power surge is high. That limits your access to water, but prevents the long-term consequences of losing your pump entirely.
- Understand your system: Do not think you can get by without any knowledge of your well pump system. You need to know how to power it down, clear the well screen and distinguish normal functioning from anything more problematic. This helps you find problems before they escalate. You will also know when an issue is clearly beyond your capabilities so you can call in a technician.
For well pump repair in Missoula, MT and other well services, contact the experts at Camp Well Drilling and Pump Service today!