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What Causes Low Water Pressure On a Well?

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Does your home use a well for your main water supply? Wells can be a great way to maintain a clean and fresh supply of water… but sometimes, they have their problems. If you’re having water pressure issues and you’re on a well, you may be in need of well pump repair or other well water services. Read on to learn what causes low water pressure on a well.

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Incorrect Settings

When you rely on a well, you have more control over your water pressure than people who get their water from a municipal water supply. While this can provide a more customizable experience, sometimes it also means you could be accidentally causing your low water pressure. Your water pressure should fall between 40 pounds per square inch (psi) to 60 psi. Any lower — or much higher — is a cause for concern. Make sure to check for any reduced water pressure settings; if you’re unsure how to do this, contact well repair specialists as soon as you can.

Clogged Piping or Filter

Sometimes, your water pressure drops because your well’s sediment filter is clogged. These filters should be replaced every six months or more often if you’re dealing with hard water or a lot of debris in your water supply. If this is the case for you, you can preserve this filter a little longer and make sure your plumbing systems stay protected from hard water by using a water softener.

You might also have low water pressure on well water because of a clogged pipe. Water flowing through your pipes slows down if there’s a clog somewhere in your system, and water pressure in your tank drops in response. To unclog your pipes, get in touch with professionals ASAP.

Underinflated Air Bladder

Another reason you might have low water pressure on well water is from an underinflated or improperly functioning air bladder. The air bladder acts as a counterforce to help increase water pressure, so it follows that an underinflated air bladder would cause poor water pressure. This may mean getting your water back to normal is as easy as having your air bladder re-inflated to the proper pressure — or replaced.

Faulty Pump Pressure Gauge/Pressure Switch

In order to ensure your well water has a constant pressure system, your well has pressure regulators. These regulators are controlled by the water pump pressure switch, also called the pump pressure gauge. When the switch notices pressure in the tank is below a certain amount, often 40 psi, it signals the pump to increase tank pressure. However, sometimes the switch might not be reacting even if the water pressure is well below 40 psi. This problem may be remedied by adjusting the pressure switch, or your switch may need replacement or repair. There are a few components of your pump pressure gauge that are involved in installing a constant pressure for your well, so technicians will check over your whole system to be sure they’ve found all possible issues.

Improperly Placed Pump

If your well was installed in a less than ideal place, or your system is old, your water pump might not be placed in an optimal area to ensure good water pressure.

Treating Your Well, Well!

If you have low water pressure on a well, don’t suffer through shoddy showers or halfhearted hand-washing any longer. When you need well service that’s professional, courteous, and punctual, rely on our team. We can do everything from well cleaning to sump pump installation and repair… and beyond! Contact us at 1-800-332-9462 today for more information.

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