Types Of Pumps and Potential Issues

Types Of Pumps and Potential Issues
August 26, 2021 No Comments Plumbing Jeffrey Steeves

The most common way current homeowners in Maine acquire their portable water supply is by tapping into private wells. One of their top picks for this particular way is to get their water supply from below ground since they are less likely to run dry at any given time compared to other sources like rain or crowded wells. After searching for a viable spot to construct these wells, an artificial source called a pump is then inserted on the top of the well which helps saves consumers money because it draws up mostly free spring water that’s abundant in area with underground reservoirs. All three types of well pumps are important to know about if one plans on installing one without any professional help so be sure you read on below about them!

Centrifugal Pumps

Shallow wells that are no deeper than 25 feet require a different kind of pump to be installed. Centrifugal pumps only work for wells with such depth as it can generate enough suction power to lift the water up the surface under its own steam. These units consist of a pipe which is inserted into the well and lies down next to the water column. The reason centrifugal pumps cost less and are easier to maintain lines in their smaller size and overall ability to be able to fit in tighter spaces.

Submersible Pumps

Submersible pumps are a popular choice of well pump as they can be used in deep and shallow wells. They aren’t affected by water pressure due to their waterproof nature, which makes them a suitable option for shallow wells too. Their powerful suction pumps allow them to transport water for a longer distance without requiring electricity, meaning they’re particularly useful in cases where the surface water level is higher than the underground water level, such as when it’s raining or flooding.

Jet Pumps

This pump comes in 2 different types, the deep well and shallow well jet pump. The shallow well jet pump is most like a submersible pump in that it shares the same properties and has its suction length max out at 25 feet. It has simpler mechanical systems than its counterpart, thus it requires little maintenance. If you’re anti-budget, this is the version for you!

Water Storage

You shouldn’t be dependent on your pump for delivering water pressure to specific fixtures all the time. For instance, it’s not there to power up the toilet every time you flush it. To ensure that toilets operating under pressure, some pumps first transfer water into a commonly-used above ground or below ground tank . Air bladders within the tanks are able to repeatedly compress when water is pumped in. Hence, all of this happens more quickly than it might if this was done manually by another valve pressed by another household member using another fixture somewhere else at home.

Pump Service & Repair

If your pump is constantly running, there may not be a DIY solution. When a well pump is turned on, the pressure switch opens and closes with a clicking sound. If you hear a lot of clicking while there is no water running, you have an issue outside the house and will need to engage a professional.

It could be a damaged water line from the well to the home, a poor check valve right above the submersible pump at the bottom of the well, a bad connection leaving the well casing, or even a broken water line inside the well casing. Each of these issues necessitates the assistance of a professional.

It’s wise to work with an expert when making the decision of which well water pump will best suit your needs. In southern Maine contact American Mechanical and Plumbing Service for repair or replacement of your well pump. You should always gather as much information as possible about equipment before making a purchase to avoid spending money on something that may not be ideal for your system.

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