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Well Water Doesn't Have To Mean Slow Water: Troubleshooting Pressure Problems

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For homeowners using well water, one common problem is limited water pressure. Sometimes, homeowners accept it as simply the nature of having well water, and then they limit their water usage to one fixture at a time in an effort to regulate their water pressure. But in fact, you shouldn't need to limit your water usage, even on well water. Here are some things you should check to determine and address the source of your low water pressure.

Common Causes of Low Well Water Pressure

If you've had your well for a while and the low pressure problem is new, that's a sign that there's something backing up the water flow in your plumbing lines. Low water levels in the well or periods of drought can also cause the same problems.

When the pressure problem is caused by low water volume in the pipes, you may have less water reaching your interior plumbing due to a crack in the exterior plumbing lines, a failing well pump or other similar issues.

Dealing with Low Well Water Pressure

If the problem is that your plumbing system just can't maintain sufficient pressure in the lines, consider installing a constant pressure device. These units connect to the incoming water pipes and help regulate your water pressure for consistency. With one of these units on the line, you won't see the pressure drop from turning on another fixture while running water somewhere else. Instead, the constant pressure device will alter the function of the pump to keep up with your home's water demand.

When the problem is in the lines, you'll have to talk with a plumber about flushing the system or replacing the damaged line. You may be able to spot a damaged line by looking for saturated ground along the path where your underground pipes run, but if the crack is on the lower side of the pipe, it may be draining into the ground below. A plumber can run a camera through the pipes to find the source of the issue quickly and easily.

Low water levels in the well are a whole different issue, though. You'll have to talk to a well drilling contractor, such as Henderson Well & Pump Co., about how to deal with something like that. In some cases, they can deepen the well a bit to hit a larger water vein. In other situations, you may need to relocate your well to find a water supply that's sufficient for your household needs.