The Ins and Outs of Your Submersible Pump

The Ins and Outs of Your Submersible Pump

March 29, 2019

A submersible well pump is one of the most crucial parts of a well water system. It gets placed down below the surface of the water system and includes a motor that is hermetically sealed off and close-coupled to the pump body. This pump is in charge of pushing water from the well into your home. The water gets pulled into the pump’s intake area, and the impeller pushes the water through the diffuser, from which it then gets brought up to the surface and transferred into your home via piping.

There are a number of advantages associated with the use of submersible pumps. For one thing, they are self-priming. Their design also makes them more energy efficient than other forms of pumps. Because of the water pressure that pushes water into the pump, there is not a whole lot of energy required to move water.

Most submersible pumps come in the shape of a cylinder and will be about four inches in diameter. After the well gets drilled, the pump gets attached to a flexible pipe and lowered into the well casing until it’s completely buried in the water. The pumps go down to the bottom of the well and are capable of pushing water up to hundreds of feet (depending on the motor) into your home, which is especially handy for wells located on larger properties.

There are two main types of submersible pumps:

  • Multiple-stage pumps: These pumps are used for underground applications, such as well water. They are completely submerged, and the water cools the motor, eliminating a need for additional outside cooling and cooling chemicals.
  • Single-stage pumps: These pumps are used for various home and industrial pumping tasks, such as aquariums, sewage and sump pumps. They are not used in wells.

How can you tell if your submersible pump is failing?

If you notice signs of submersible pump failure, it’s important to have a technician come out to check it as soon as possible and perform any needed submersible pump work in Briscoe County, TX. Here are just a few of the most common signs of submersible pump failure:

  • No water: Obviously, a total absence of water at the faucet is a sign that something has gone wrong. Make sure you check your circuit breaker—if the pump is switched off, you should turn it back on and then go and check to see if you have water coming through. If that doesn’t work, the problem could be with the pump or pressure switch.
  • Inconsistent operation: If you haven’t had much rain lately, the water table in your well might be lower, which can affect the operation of the pump. It may take a few hours for the well to replenish, so try to avoid using water for a little bit, then check again later to see if the water works.
  • Aerated water: Sputtering at the faucet can be an indication that your pump is failing, or that the pump is sitting above a lowered water table. It might also be a sign of a cracked pipe or bad check valve.

For more information, contact Four Seasons Irrigation to schedule an appointment for submersible pump work in Briscoe County, TX.

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