If you live far away from anyone else, a well pump is often the only way to obtain regular access to water. Sometimes, well pumps are also used to supplement water that's drawn from a normal utility line. Regardless of your own particular reasons for using a well pump, while you're changing the pump's filter, watch out for these three signs that you need to call a plumber.
Filter Has Only A Little Bit Of Water In It
Your well pump's filter can't do its job if it's not gaining access to all of your well water. If the filter you're changing out isn't completely soaked, it either means that the motor driving water up from your well is malfunctioning in some way or that water is bypassing the filter. Either problem is too serious to fix without the aid of a professional plumber.
If you're solely dependent on water from your well, a broken or malfunctioning motor should coincide with major shortages and inconsistent sputtering. Unfortunately, since most types of water filters are only designed to remove trace elements like iron and sulfur, you won't be able to easily tell the difference between water that's bypassed the filter and water that hasn't.
You Can't Feel An Air Stream Blowing Onto The Filter Space
In most well pump designs, a light air stream from the base of the machine helps guide water into the filter. If you can't feel this air stream when you remove the filter and stick your hand where it once was, your water probably isn't flowing nearly as quickly as it should be.
The Waste In The Filter Looks Like Very Slimy Goo
Even when it's soaked in water, your well pump filter should only have a relatively coarse layer of sediment on it. Lots of slimy goo on the filter means two things. First, very conspicuous bacteria varieties thrive in your well. Second, your water filter isn't doing nearly enough to sort potentially harmful organisms out of your water.
To fix this problem, a plumber will need to look at both the pump itself and the well it's connected to for problems. Sometimes, quick fixes like sealing off and blocking certain parts of a well's wall from contaminating your water are possible.
If you have the luxury of choosing between plumbers, try to find someone with plenty of specific well pump experience. Problems with wells and well pumps are typically both hard to deal with and somewhat distinct from other plumbing problems. For more information about well pump services, contact a company like Seismic Drilling.