Three Signs Your Well May Be Going Dry

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In many parts of the United States, water levels are decreasing. A study of 32,000 wells revealed that almost two-thirds had decreased water levels, and among these, the average decrease was more than 10 feet. Here are three signs that your well may be going dry.

Your water pressure is low

For your well to supply you with steady water pressure, the rate at which water re-enters the well has to be the same—or more than—the pump rate. If you're pumping water out of your well faster than it can re-fill, you'll notice that you have very low water pressure from your faucets.

If you have good water pressure first thing in the morning—after the well has had an entire night to re-fill—and poor pressure later in the day, consider the possibility that your well is running out of water.

You're running out of water

If you run out of water after watering your lawn, doing a load of laundry, or washing your dishes, your well may be going dry. Not being able to meet your peak water demand with your well is a very bad sign, but it doesn't have to mean the end of your well.

Increasing the size of your well can help you meet your water needs. If the diameter of the well is increased, more water will be stored within the well, and if the well is made deeper, you'll be able to access groundwater when the water levels are low.

Your faucets are sputtering

If your faucets are sputtering, your well may be going dry. Sputtering faucets or blasts of air out of faucets are clues that air is getting into your home's water supply, and this can happen when the water level in your well is too low. When the water is too low, the pump draws a mixture of air and water into your home, and the faucets sputter.

Sputtering faucets don't always mean that your well is going dry, though. This situation can also be caused by a failing or leaking well pump that's allowing air to get inside. It can also be a sign that dangerous dissolved gases—like methane—are present in your well water.

If you're worried that your well is starting to go dry, have a local plumber check the water level in the well for you. They can help you meet your family's water needs with your low-yield well.

Talk to a company such as Midwestern Plumbing Service for more information.

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