Did you know that over 15 million households in the USA rely on private water wells for their drinking water? But when you have a private drinking well you must maintain it, and when you’re so busy it’s often easy to forget to keep your well pump in proper working order.

So it’s really important that your private well pump, and the rest of the system, is maintained properly, or you may find yourself without running water. Prevention is always better than the cure in this case!

With that in mind, here are 5 simple tips on how to maintain a well pump:

Clean the Cooling Fans

Overheating is a serious problem, and if your pump’s motor cooling fans aren’t kept clean this can contribute to long-term damage of your pump. Overheating can eventually damage your pump beyond repair, so make sure you’re cleaning it regularly to extend its lifetime.

Clean out any debris like dry leaves or cobwebs that have become caught up in there.

Is there any dripping?

If you’re noticing dripping water from either your pump or other parts of the system, there may be a problem.

It might just be a case of tightening things up, but you may actually have to replace parts from time to time too. A professional can help to advise you on the cause of, and solution to, all sorts of problems if you don’t have the time to figure it out yourself.

Use Anti-Corrosion Products

Anti-corrosion products are a cheap and effective way to keep your well pump working as it should. This is a key part of how to maintain a well pump effectively, as corrosion can severely affect the operation of the pump.

Check With Your Eyes

Storms can cause heavy damage to all buildings and equipment, including your pump. So after an event like this, it’s important you go outside and check your pump for damage. If there are visible cracks or indents, it’s a good idea to have them checked out.

Even if everything looks fine on the outside, if you or a member of your family saw the pump being struck – for example by a branch – during a storm, it could still be a good idea to get it seen to by a professional.

Have Your Pump Serviced

Every three or four years, it’s a good idea to have your pump inspected by an expert to make sure it’s in working order.

A good pump should last for a decade or more, but most will only reach that sort of age with some care and attention.

You don’t want to waste your money replacing a pump before its time, and a regular service can save you hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars on your well system. Before you pick up the phone, you will want to seek a professional pump and well service that can handle your needs, like Martin Plumbing.

How to Maintain a Well Pump With Professional Assistance

At Martin Plumbing, we carry out regular servicing and repairs on all sorts of private well pumps and systems. Sometimes, well pumps do need to be replaced. During the reinstallation process, we will arrange everything you’ll need and carry out the work quickly and efficiently.