Are you wondering how your well pump works? You might be wondering because you suspect it needs some well repair– or you’re just curious! Knowing how a well pump works will help you determine when there’s something wrong with it. Make sure to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns about your well pump.
Here’s everything Manassas residents need to know about their well pump systems.
What Your Well Does
The well pump is the system that pushes water from the well into your water storage tank. The water stays there, until you turn on the tap at home. The pump knows when to stop drawing water due to the pressure switch at the base of the pressure tank.
As more water is added to the storage tank, its pressure level increases. The pump should stop when the water pressure 60 PSI (todays standard is 40-60psi) . If it seems like your tank is having trouble with this, make sure to give us a call. We can easily handle a low water pressure well.
Activating the Pump
Your well pump shouldn’t activate again, until you’ve used enough water to drop the tank’s pressure below 40 PSI. At this level, the pump should turn on, pushing more water into your storage tank. You may be able to hear it happening.
If your pump seems to not be activating, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ve dealt with this problem plenty of times in the Leesburg and Fairfax areas. When you’re getting no pressure from your well, always contact us first!
Different Types of Well Pumps
There are three different kinds of well pumps that you could have in your Fredericksburg home. You’ll want to know what you have at home in case you need emergency repairs. These include:
1. Jet Pump
This sort of pump uses suction, which is generated by a fan. They are best for shallow wells. The fan directs the water upwards to cause a vacuum with the footvalve in the well., where it enters the storage tank. It doesn’t have a lot of maintenance needs and uses impellers to move the water.
- Submersible Pump
This type of pump is located underwater- which is deep underground. It’s watertight and forces water upwards by using high pressure. The water first travels into the pump, then the impeller pushes the water into the diffuser, where it can then move into your tank.
3. Constant Pressure Pump
This typically involves a submersible pump but is a variable speed motor. Usually a control box goes with this pump to make it variable speed. This option would give you a constant higher pressure in your house then the other two pumps.
This allows for better access during repairs. So, if you need help with no water pressure, we can easily access the system for maintenance.