FAQ: Water Wells and Pumps
My water stopped, do you think my well went dry?
One of the most asked question, the answer is basically a NO, there are many reasons for the water to stop, but dry wells are quite rare in the foothills and you would usually have symptoms beforehand.
My water smells, my hair is turning colors, the shower glass is all cloudy …
These are all signs of well water that might need treatment. Sometimes a "chlorine shock" will help, but most times there is an underlying issue with the water quality itself that typically can be treated with filtration, acid neutralizers, water softeners, etc.
How much water is enough?
Depending on your usage (household, yard, irrigation), many systems can be designed to fit your demand. Your local county has minimum standards for new wells. Some lower producers require storage systems, which allow the well to store its production around the clock. A typical household could easily survive on 2 GPM (gallons per minute) with adequate storage.
How long do well pumps last?
The national average for domestic pumps is about 12 years. We pull pumps all the time that are up to 25 years old. There are a lot of factors that contribute to pump life. Good steady power is one. A properly maintained pressure tank is also huge.
What are typical reasons for my well to stop?
There are many reasons for a water well to stop delivering water. Many times, the problems are components in the control box or debris (bugs) in the pressure switch.