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Telltale Signs Your Water Well Is Failing

As water wells age, some owners are surprised when their well isn't performing as well as it used to. Sometimes, a well that's been producing water for decades can exhibit signs of trouble. Water well owners should be on the lookout for warning signs that their well is in trouble — such as unusual water quality and low water pressure. This is the first step in determining whether it's time to call a professional to troubleshoot the problem and provide well maintenance.

The Well Is Pumping Out Air

The most obvious sign that a water well is in trouble is when the pump is producing air instead of water. This is the most common problem when a well is failing, but it can be caused by other issues as well. For example, the well may be flooded due to a nearby creek overflowing its banks. It's important to have a professional inspect the well if it's pumping air to determine the cause of the problem and make the necessary repairs.

Your Well Pump Runs Constantly

Another common sign that a water well is in trouble is when the pump is running constantly. Well pumps should only run occasionally, so if you notice that the pump is running nonstop, it may be a sign that something is wrong. This can be caused by a leak in the well piping or a buildup of sediment or other debris. An expert can troubleshoot the well's problem and conduct well maintenance.

Changes In Water Quality

When you notice that your water quality has changed, it may be due to a problem with your drop pipe, well shaft, casing, or pump. Water that doesn't taste right or has an unusual odor or color can be a warning that your well is in trouble. Water can also become cloudy if there's a build-up of deposits in the casing or well piping. This can be caused by a leak in the well piping or a failed pump.

The moment you see any of these signs, it's time to take action. Well owners should call a professional to inspect the well and conduct regular maintenance. In many cases, a professional can check the water quality and provide a diagnosis. This will allow you to take the necessary steps to prevent further damage and ensure that your well is operational and producing water for years to come. 

Flor more information, contact a well maintenance company in your area.