If you depend on a well to supply your household with running water, you may be dismayed to discover that your faucets are yielding little to no water. If so, there could be an issue with the well's pump. In this case, there are a couple of possible reasons why the pump is not pushing enough water to your house.
1. Pump Is Sucking in Air
One possible reason why you are not getting enough water flow from your faucets is that the well's pump may be sucking in air. This problem is usually characterized by sporadic bursts of air followed by water being forcibly pushed through the faucet. As the issue worsens, you may have longer intervals of air than you do water.
If you are seeing this issue and you know that your well's water level is not low, there are a couple of things that could be causing the problem. First, the casing of the pump could have a crack in it that is allowing air to enter into the system. If this is the case, you will probably need a new pump.
Second, the bladder inside of the pump may have ruptured. When this happens, instead of controlling the amount of pressure in the waterline, it allows air to infiltrate the water. In this case, a professional may be able to replace the bladder itself without having to replace the entire pump, depending on the extent of the damage.
2. Pump's Motor Is Starting to Fail
Another possible cause of your lack of adequate water flow could be that the pump's motor is starting to fail. If the motor has been damaged or is old, it may not have sufficient power to push the water through the pump and through the waterlines.
Other than a lack of water flow, one sign for which you can look to see if the motor is going bad is to listen carefully while standing next to the well. If you hear a loud buzzing noise or one that sounds like metal grinding against metal, the pump is probably the issue.
No matter what the cause, if you are currently getting no water from your well, you will need to have a professional take a look at it. Contact a service that deals with water well pumps to have them send someone to inspect the pump to determine the problem and discuss options for fixing it. Visit websites about water wells for some additional reading on this subject.