Living in a house that has a well is nice in many ways, including that it eliminates the need for paying a city water bill. The problem with wells is that they can experience problems, and a common problem well owners have is low water pressure. If you are currently experiencing problems with low-water pressure, here are some of the potential causes of the problem.
If the water pressure is only low in one particular plumbing fixture, such as a sink or tub, it is most likely due to blockage in the faucet or showerhead. You could try fixing this by replacing the faucet or by cleaning it out. If this solves the problem, you can be certain that blockage was the cause.
Debris in the pipes
When the water you get from the well is very hard and is not treated, it may contain a lot of minerals and sediment. This is often called hard water, and hard water tends to block up pipes over time. Little by little, the minerals in the water may attach to your pipes causing a restriction in the pipes. When this is the cause of low water pressure, the water pressure will gradually decrease, and you might not even notice that this is happening for a while. Suddenly, though, you may have very low water pressure and not understand why.
The pump is not working properly
Your low-water pressure issues could also be the result of a bad water pump. For the water to get from your well into your home, it relies on a pump which transports the water from the ground to the faucets. If a pump is not working properly, you could experience low pressure, or you could experience no water at all. There are a number of things that could happen from a bad water pump.
The well is dry
Another problem this could be is that the well is running dry. Wells typically last for a long time, but they do not always last forever. If the well begins running dry, your pump may have trouble keeping up with your water demands. The result of this can either be no water at all from your fixtures, or you might experience a decrease in water pressure.
These are all common causes of low water pressure with wells. If you are not sure what is causing your low water pressure, contact a plumbing company like Brother's Plumbing today.