Troubleshooting A Sudden Drop In Well-Water Pressure

Water pressure plays a key role in determining the convenience and comfort of the water delivered into your home each day. If you rely on a private well to supply your home with water, then a sudden drop in water pressure could be a symptom of a serious problem. Identifying the source of the water pressure drop is essential in order to keep your well pump in good repair.

Here are three tips that you can use to troubleshoot water pressure problems in the future.

1. Check the tubing connecting your water pressure control switch to the well pump.

Most private wells are equipped with a water pressure control switch that helps regulate the pressure of the water being delivered from the pump and into the home. Water is sent from the well pump through a tube and into the water pressure control tank for pressurization.

If you experience a sudden reduction in water pressure inside your home, the problem may lie in a blockage preventing water from freely traveling through this connecting tube. Conduct a visual inspection for signs of obstructions, and remove any dirt and debris from the connecting tube to ensure water can flow through the pump and into the pressure control tank with ease. This should restore proper water pressure within your home.

2. Consider upgrading to a large connecting tube.

If your water demands have increased, the connecting tube supplying water from the well pump to the pressure control tank may be too small to meet these new demands. If you are using water faster than it can be replenished by the pressure control tank, you will notice a significant drop in water pressure.

Swapping out your existing connecting tube for a tube that has a larger diameter could help your pressure control tank refill at a faster rate, allowing you to reduce the amount of work being done by your well pump and restoring proper water pressure.

3. Check the connecting tube for leaks.

Your well pump will be unable to supply water quickly enough to fill the pressure control tank if the tubing connecting these two components is leaking. If you fail to address a leaking tube, you run the risk of burning out your well pump due to continuous use.

When you notice a drop in your home's water pressure, check the tube between the well pump and the pressure control tank for visible signs of leaking (like cracking or moisture collecting along the exterior of the tube). You can also feel along the length of the tube for leaks to spot problems that aren't visible to the naked eye. Replacing a leaking connecting tube will restore your water pressure and preserve the life of your well pump.

Being able to troubleshoot a sudden drop in your well water pressure will allow you to correct the problem before it compromises the performance of your well pump. For additional tips and advice, contact a company that specializes in well pump repair.