If you woke up today and found that your home has no water, you may instantly check your well pump to see if you can see a reason that it might not be working. If you have a well, the pump is the device that draws water up from the well to supply your home with fresh water. When a pump fails, it cannot do this, and this means you will have no water. Here are some of the common problems that occur with well pumps that can cause them to stop working.
The Power Supply Is Off
The easiest cause of a well pump failure involves situations where the power supply was shut off to the pump. This can happen if the pump accidentally came unplugged, or it can occur if the breaker to the pump tripped. If the pump is not plugged in, plug it in to see if this solves the problem. If the breaker tripped, reset it to see if this fixes the problem. If so, you will not need to call a plumber for services, and you will instantly have water.
The Pump Lost Its Prime
A second thing that can happen when you have a well for water is that the pump can lose its prime. Many well pumps pump water up through a suction-like system. With wells like this, the pump must be primed in order for it to work. Unfortunately, well pumps can lose their prime at some point. If this is the problem, a plumber will need to diagnose and fix it for you.
The Pump Is Shot
The other common reason a well pump would stop working is due to the pump being shot. A water pump will not last forever. If your well pump is old, a plumber might be able to replace one or more of the parts to make it work. If it cannot be fixed, you will have to replace it in order to get your water running again.
There is also a chance that you have no water simply because your well ran dry; however, this is not usually the cause of this type of problem.
If you currently have no water in your home due to a problem with the well pump, you should contact a contractor that offers plumbing repair services. A plumber can locate the problem and can fix it for you so you can have running water quickly. For more information, contact a company like Vanhook Plumbing Heating & Cooling.