It is easy to take your well for granted. After all, a well that taps into a good aquifer can provide clean and cool water for generations down the line. However, drought seasons can cause your water level to potentially decrease. Add to that regular use and frequent dry spells, you may have a dry well at one point. When it happens though, it doesn’t just occur overnight. There are many signs that your water source is faltering. Five Star Plumbing, the #1 plumbers in Harford County have compiled 6 signs that your well water is running dry. Hopefully these tips will help you avoid getting caught with no fresh water.
1.) Faucets begin Sputtering
It’s normal for faucets to sometimes sputter when you open them. However, if you notice it happening a lot more often, it is a sign that there’s air in your plumbing system. You can trace this issue to failing valves or a pipe leak. It can also mean a drop in your groundwater level as well. It could be trying to draw water but is sucking air in instead.
2.) Muddy or Murky Water
Well water should always be crystal clear to be safe to use. If it comes out sandy or muddy and has a weird taste or odor, it is a sign that your well might be going dry. This can become even more concerning when this kind of water comes out of your faucet even if you have a sediment filter. Usually, sediments remain undisturbed at the bottom of your well if your pump has a lot of clean water to draw in. When the water starts to dwindle, the sediment gets kicked up and swirls around the pump.
3.) Reduced Water Pressure
If the water starts coming in trickles in faucets all over the house instead of gushing out, your water pressure is in trouble. This can be the result of many factors such as a blocked pipe or a problem with the pressure tank. It can also be caused by a dwindling water supply though. It is best to check for all the signs or consult with a professional before you declare the well is running dry though.
4.) Pump Runs Longer
When the pump starts running longer, this means it is struggling to build up pressure and pump the water out. Usually, the pump is placed deep underwater. When the water level drops though your pump will always be trying to keep the tank full and maintain water pressure. Another sign here is when your water level is running low it starts turning on and off continuously.
5.) Water Well Recovery is Slow After Heavy Use
Water wells take time to recover after heavy use like watering your lawn or doing back-to-back laundry. However, when it’s taking much longer than it ever has, it might mean your aquifer is going dry.
6.) Neighbors are Reporting Similar Problems
Once you notice a few of these signs happening, ask your neighbors. If they are well owners too and are experiencing the same problems, your water source may be running out. This is a good time to measure your water supply to get a good look at what you’re facing.
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