Homes with a drilled water well depend on the pump in the well or in the home to continue to bring water from the bottom of the well to the house. If the pump is acting up, it is critical that it is serviced and inspected for issues. Ignoring the problem will potentially leave you with a pump that is not working and no water in your home.
Low Water Pressure
Water pressure is one indication that there may be a problem with your well pump. If the pressure suddenly changes, it could be a result of something not working right inside the pump, or it could be something blocking the intakes on the pump housing. If the pump has an internal issue, it may have to come out of the well, but a technician can test a few things from the surface before they pull the entire pump and plumbing from the well.
If the water in your home suddenly stops, it could be a problem with the well pump, but check the breakers in the electrical panel first because the pump may be fine but not getting power to it. If the well is extremely deep, there is a long run of wire that runs from the pressure tank in the house to the well casing, then down the entire depth of the well until it gets to the pump several hundred feet down. The is a lot of wire to potentially have an issue like a short that could cause the breaker to trip.
If you reset the breaker and it trips a second time, leave it off and have the water well company come out and check the system. Repeatedly resetting the breaker could cause damage to the pump if there is an electrical problem affecting the pump or the wiring in the system.
Grit or Sand in Your Water
Sand or grit in the water that is coming into your home from the well is not normal. In many cases, it indicates a problem with the well, but the sand getting through to the tap means it is getting through the pump. The sand can damage the pump, so you do not want to ignore this situation. Call your water well company and have them come to service the system. They may need to adjust the height of the pump, install a sand separator on the pump intake, or add additional filters to keep the sand out of the pump itself.
For more information, contact a local well pump service like Hull Well & Pump Service.