Since 1975, Monticello Pump Services, Inc. has been providing emergency services and well pump repair to the citizens of Manassas, Leesburg, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, and surrounding areas. Through our 40+ years in the well pump business, we’ve been asked all sorts of questions about well pumps. We’ve talked to homeowners who were hesitant to ask questions because they worried it was a stupid question.
Here’s the thing – there is no such thing as a stupid question, especially when it comes to your well pump system. Just in case you have a nagging concern but are too afraid to ask, we’re sharing the answers to some of the questions we get called about the most.
Why is the water pressure low all the time?
There are multiple reasons why you may be experiencing low water pressure. For instance, if you notice low water pressure coming from one faucet and not others, then the faucet may be blocked. You should also check the main shut-off valve on your well pump system. If it is off or has been turned, you will notice water pressure issues.
If someone has recently changed a water filter, he or she may have forgotten to turn the shut-off valve back to the on position. In this case, the plumbing valve will remain closed to the well pump system, resulting in water pressure issues.
Additionally, you should check the well pump gauge that indicates the psi (pressure per square inch). You should look to see if there is a 20 psi differential between when the pump starts and stops. If you notice this isn’t the case, you should seek help from the professionals at Monticello Pump Services, Inc.
Why does my water pressure change and fluctuate?
Intermittent or fluctuating water pressure is annoying for homeowners. If your water pressure seems to come and go, there are several possible causes. We suggest you begin by reviewing our checklist for intermittent water pressure.
Another potential cause is that your well being pumped dry, and you experience low water pressure as you wait for the water level to recover. You could also be dealing with a well pump motor issue. It may be overheating, or the motor may be damaged.
If your well pump runs but no water pressure comes, you could have a problem with the well pump, the well piping, or the actual well.
Why doesn’t my well provide enough water?
If the water in your well is too low or it takes a longer time than usual for the well to recover, you may notice you aren’t getting as much water as you want or need. You can attempt to solve the problem by turning your well pump off and giving it time (several hours) for the water level to recover. If you still have a problem with your well providing enough water, you need to contact the experts.
Should I invest in a constant pressure well pump pressure system?
If water pressure issues are becoming a nuisance, then it may be time to consider investing in a constant water pressure system. Unlike traditional well pump systems, these models are designed with a constant pressure controller that varies the speed and pressure of the pump to keep up with your home’s unique water needs. This means you can use multiple water units at the same time without experiencing water pressure issues.