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2 Things To Check When Troubleshooting Your Well

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If you live far enough out of town, you probably don't have municipal water. Even if the water department in your town is willing to run water out to your house, it will be very expensive, and the water department may charge you for it. That can end up costing you way more than you can afford. That means having a well is a good way to get the water you need. The well will be located on your property, and a well pump will push the water out of your pump and up to your house when you need it. Generally, wells are relatively near to your house, but depending on where the water is, there may be a longer run, which would mean that you need to have a stronger pump to get the water out the well to your house. But when you turn on the faucet and no water gets to your house, then you need to figure out what's going on. There are several things that you can do to troubleshoot your well to see what's happening. 

1. Check For Leaks

One thing to do on your troubleshooting list is to see if there are leaks in the plumbing between the well and your house. The easiest way for you to do that is to walk along the pipes from your house to the well. You may not see water pouring out from the pipes onto the ground, but there are signs that you can look for. Those can include things like soft spots on the ground or muddy places where there shouldn't be. When you are walking the pipes, make sure that you are walking as close to over the top of them as possible, that way you will be able to feel the soft places on the ground. 

2. Check the Well Pump

After you have walked the pipes from your house to the well and haven't discovered any leaks, it's time to check your well pump. You'll want to see if it has power. Head to your circuit breaker and see if the switches are all turned on. Flip any that are off back on. If it immediately turns off again, you will need to wait until you can get a professional out to look at the issue because you have a larger problem with your well pump that needs repair work. 

If nothing you try gets water to your faucet, then you need to call a professional to come look at your well and its pump to see if they can repair it. Contact a company like David Cannon Well Drilling today to learn more.