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When Do I Need to Replace My Well Pump?

Replacing a well pump can be a rather large job, especially if you have a deep well. With a typical pump lasting 15 to 25 years, however, it is not something that has to be done often. As a well pump approaches the end of its service life, you may start to notice problems with your plumbing system, such as changes in pressure or higher utility costs. It is best to replace the pump as soon as you start having trouble with it to avoid a sudden failure in the future and the resulting lack of water.

Signs That Your Well Pump May Need Replacement

Well pumps use an electric motor to lift water out of the well, and as they age, heat, friction, and corrosion can cause wear that gradually leads to failure. While a well pump can break down at any time, often there are warning signs that can give you a bit of notice beforehand. These can include:

  • Higher utility costs – If your pump is having trouble moving water efficiently, or it is running constantly, it can drive your utility costs up by a significant margin.
  • Low water pressure – When the pump transports the volume of water that it has in the past, you may notice decreased water pressure in your home.
  • Dirty water – A pump or screen that is physically damaged may allow sediment into the plumbing system, and that sediment will also accelerate the failure of the pump itself.
  • Air in the lines – If your faucets gurgle or release air when turned on, it could be a sign that the pump is not supplying enough water and air is entering the plumbing lines.
  • Odd noises – If you can hear the pump running constantly near the well, or it is making strange noises, the pump may be on the verge of failure.
  • Tripped breakers – When a well pump is not operating properly, it may require more current than normal, tripping the breakers. If this happens often, have the well and pump inspected.

Though well pumps can last up to 25 years, other problems in the plumbing system can cause premature failures, such as excess sediment in the well, plumbing leaks, pressure tank failures, a faulty pressure switch, or electrical problems. These examples can also be mistaken for a pump failure, so if you notice anything abnormal, it is wise to have your well professionally inspected as soon as possible.

Whether you have a well pump that has failed, a leaking pressure tank, or water quality problems, our team at Water Doctor can help. We offer well water solutions throughout Maryland, including well pump installation and replacement, pressure tank repair, well water testing, treatment solutions, and more.

Call Today to Schedule Well Pump Replacement in Maryland

If your well pump has failed, you can count on our team at Water Doctor for a timely, cost-effective well pump replacement. Since 1979, we have been serving customers all over Maryland, including the Baltimore, Annapolis, Bethesda, and Owings Mills areas. We provide quality water testing and treatment services, including water softening, reverse osmosis, and UV sterilization systems, as well as well water services, commercial water treatment, and more.

Contact us today at 877-677-9275 or visit us online to schedule a well pump replacement or to learn about our other well water services!

How to Spot Counterfeit Water Filters

In the last several years, counterfeit products from foreign manufacturers have become common on large internet auction and shopping sites that offer merchandise from third-party sellers. While most of the questionable goods are things like clothing that present little danger to consumers, the manufacturers are now offering items like batteries, electronics, and even water filters, which could pose safety concerns if they are not manufactured to proper quality standards.

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Which Maryland Counties Are Requiring Homeowners to Test Their Backflow Preventers?

Clean, healthy water is important for both your family and the entire community. One of the most significant dangers to a public water system is backflow, or contaminated water entering the potable water system. Special devices called backflow preventers are used to stop contaminated water from flowing back into the public water system, and they are required on most new or recently remodeled homes in Maryland. For homes with testable backflow preventers, they should be inspected and tested annually—and in Anne Arundel County and Montgomery County, this is required by law.

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How Does Reverse Osmosis Work?

Whether you are making coffee, cooking a meal, or enjoying a beverage with ice, pure water is important to achieve the best-tasting results. If your home has water quality problems, one of the best, most consistent solutions is a reverse osmosis system. It goes beyond simple filtering to remove 95% to 99% of common water contaminants, from excess calcium and salt to chlorine, fluoride, and organic materials.

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Why Does My Water Smell?

Water that has an odd odor can be unappealing to drink, and it can often leave you wondering if it is healthy to consume at all. In most cases, unusual smells are perfectly harmless, but on rare occasions, they can pose health problems. Identifying the cause of the odor is an important first step in determining the risks to your health and your available treatment options.

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What Are the Sources of Water Contamination?

The quality of your water can have a significant effect on your health and comfort, and whether you are connected to a municipal water system or you have a private well, contamination is possible from a number of sources. Although private wells are especially vulnerable, as treatment is the responsibility of the well owner, even municipal water systems can contain contaminants, either from insufficient water treatment or from post-treatment contamination in the delivery system or a building’s plumbing system.

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Are Water Softeners Bad for You?

For conditions like heart disease, many patients are advised by doctors to limit their sodium intake. This often entails avoiding processed foods that contain excess sodium and minimizing the addition of table salt during meals. But if you have hard water, you may wonder about the effects of your water softening system on your sodium intake, and whether it is a significant problem. In short, the answer is “No.” Water softening systems add a negligible amount of sodium, and the foods that you eat are, by far, the largest source of sodium in the average diet.

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