Reasons You May Deal With Low Well Water Pressure

For many, owning a home is an inevitable part of growing up and living out their dreams. They picture a picket fence and a red door with a tire swing out in front.

 

One thing they don’t usually factor into that vision is the bills and headaches that tend to come with the upkeep of a home. For those who have a well system as their water supply, this is no different.

 

One issue that homeowners face is low pressure. On average, households should be producing about 5 GPM, or gallons per minute. If your well system is producing less than that, then you will find that you have flow issues.

 

Some of the most common reasons for this are:

 

  • Insufficient Pump: This can include pump failure, short cycling, a pump that is too small for the depth of the well, leaks, clogs, etc.
  • Tank Connection Problems
  • Tank Sweat (occurs during the warmer more humid months)
  • Waterlogged Tank
  • Plugged Aerators
  • Sediment Filter is Clogged
  • Air in Lines or Broken Pipes

 

The causes listed are the most common issues. However, that doesn’t mean they are the only things that can cause flow problems in your home.

 

First you will want to check the pressure gauge. This can be found between the pressure tank and the pump. The pressure gauge will keep track of the pounds per square inch within the tank.

 

The average reading for a household should read between 40-60 psi. If the number is lower than this, then it is safe to assume there is either a problem with the pump, tank, or broken pipe underground connecting the well system.

 

These problems can all be easily fixed. In order to make sure all part of your well system are in order and working as efficiently as they should be, give Northeast Water Wells a call today!

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