Although water pumps for wells are typically located underground, they may still experience problems from time to time. In the event that the area around your well opening begins to get quite soggy, or if there is literally water shooting up into the air through the well opening, you will need water pump services to come look at it. Under normal pump functioning, there is no way either of these situations should be occurring. Here are the possible causes and their repair solutions.
Leaks in Hoses
There are hoses running from the pump to the surface of the ground around your well. Some pump installers may bury these hoses just enough to hide them from view and keep them from getting crushed. However, they can still be damaged, chewed by rodents, or crack after a very long time. When that happens, you will get pools of water and really soft mud around your well. You may not notice this during a rainy season, but it will become very obvious during drier seasons.
The hoses need to be replaced because that is water you are losing and water that is not making it into your home. To make matters worse, the lost water causes your pump to work harder because the holding tank is signaling that it needs more water (which is not getting to the tank because of the leaks!). The hoses and the pump will have to be unearthed or pulled up out of the well and the ground. The pump repair technician will remove and disconnect the leaking hoses, replace them, and then put everything back the way it was.
The Well Has Become a Fountain
If you notice that every time your pump kicks on to put water through to your home, water sprays into the air like a geyser through the well opening, you have a big problem. There is something further down in the well causing the pump to gush water up into the air rather than into the delivery hoses. The amount of pressure that most pumps use is akin to a pressure washer because of the distance that the well water needs to travel to get into your home. When something is awry with the pump or a connection to the pump, it will become a fountain.
In this instance, the repair technician will have to carefully lift the pump and all of its connections out of the well to examine it closer. Once he/she has determined the source of the problem, it will be fixed/patched. The other option is a complete replacement of the pump if there is damage to the pump and a simple repair or patch is not possible.
For more information, contact a company like Alexander's Well Drilling.