Have you ever turned on your faucet only to experience a huge sputter that spits out water in different directions? This is an issue that happens when air bubbles are mixed in with the water brought up to your home through your well pump system.
If you’ve noticed a sputtering water flow, this is a problem for which you’ll need to call in a plumbing professional. The problem could be coming from the well pump or from the water pipe above the pump that transports the water to your home. Either way, it’s not a problem you can resolve without the proper training and equipment.
Here’s a quick look at the two most common causes of water sputtering issues for people with well water.
Problems with the well pump
Regular well pump maintenance can help you avoid breakdowns and various malfunctions, but even a pump that is well maintained can occasionally experience problems with air leaks.
When air gets into the system, it can cause sputtering water at the user end. The problem could be with a bad check valve, which would prevent the water from pressurizing in the water pipe above the pump. Regardless of the problem, the pump will have to be removed from the well for a thorough inspection by a qualified plumbing professional. This is simply not a job you can attempt to DIY, no matter how handy you feel you are.
Cracked water pipes
Cracked water pipes are another potential cause of sputtering water from your fixtures. When cracks form in a pipe, they not only provide a source of water to leak out but also a place for air to leak in.
You’ll need a plumber to carefully inspect your water pipes for cracks or breaks to determine if this is indeed the cause of the sputtering. The cracks could be anywhere between the well pump and the fixture that is sputtering.
What can you expect to pay if you’re dealing with one of these issues? It really depends on the extent of the problem and the part of the well pump or system that is affected. For example, a pressure switch will probably only cost you $20 to $30, but a pressure tank will cost a few hundred, plus labor and installation. Labor costs also vary widely depending on the time of year, the region and the complexity of the job.
Ultimately, though, you should resolve any issues of air sputtering at your faucets as soon as possible. Not only is it a nuisance to have to deal with on your end, but it also is a symptom of underlying problems that could grow worse if left unaddressed, which would only make your well pump repair more expensive.
For more information about the types of well pump maintenance you should perform to keep your system in good condition for as long as possible, get in touch with the team at Advanced Pump & Well Service today. We’d be glad to take a look at your well pump and get it working properly again.
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