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Is Your Water Well Going Dry? Here Are Some Common Warning Signs

Is Your Water Well Going Dry? Here Are Some Common Warning Signs

Water is essential for life. In all parts of the world, people are aware of the shortage of water. Human beings use water in multiple ways in their daily chores. Looking at climate change, water well drilling companies in Napa County are worried that the water in most wells may run out soon.

However, it is essential to consider that even if these wells are running dry, there is still a chance to save them. If you look at the warning signs and decide to take action towards them, there is a probability that you can keep water wells from running dry.

Change in Taste of Water

Usually, while drinking water, we all can sense when the taste changes. When the water in the well dries out, it starts giving a different taste. This is because the sediments and other supplements present at the bottom of the well start getting mixed with the water.

These sediments produce various types of taste and smell in the water. So, when the taste of the water changes, know that your well is about to dry out.

Well Water Appears Muddy

When it is visible that the water in the well is not crystal clear anymore, it is a warning sign of a decrease in the water level. As the water level starts reaching the deep bottom, sediments start getting mixed in the water.

This tends to make the water appear muddy and murky. Such water is not healthy for drinking and may cause several diseases. Some of the conditions can even be fatal.

Water Pumps Running for Longer Periods

Water pumps are used to pump the water out from the water wells. These pumps often take longer than usual in some wells because the water level in these wells starts decreasing. As the water level begins reaching the bottom of the well, it becomes harder for the pump to fetch out water from the well.

It is seen that due to specific climatic conditions and human-made mistakes, the water levels in the earth have been highly disturbed. It results in situations like these when the pump takes longer to get water.

Faltering of Faucets Leading to Leakage

In an alarming situation of the water wells running out, warning signs should not be ignored. If you don’t take action to rectify those, they will only aggravate in the future.

Whenever you see that the faucets in your home are sputtering more water than usual, check if there is air in the plumbing system of the water well. Whenever water levels decline, the plumbing system starts causing water leakage in the faucets.

Change in Water Quality

When the water well is going dry, you can notice a sudden change in the quality of water. This can be instantly noticed because we are all aware of the color and taste of water as we drink it every day. The sediments from the well might come up and change the quality of water. Even the slightest change in its quality can be a warning sign that your water well is running dry.

  • Sands and mud may appear in the water while it comes from the tap
  • There might be a strong odor in the water, which is intolerable

In such situations, the first thing that you need to do is get the water tested. It can hamper your health. You can even reach out to a water professional or a licensed pump contractor.

Bubbles of the Dissolved Gases Appear in Well

The water well uses groundwater to facilitate the requirements. Sometimes, the groundwater may also contain gases and liquids which might get mixed in the water. But this possibility is only feasible when the water well is running dry, and the surface elements are blending with the drinking water.

It may appear as bubbles in the water. These gases can be carbon dioxide, methane, hydrogen sulfide, or other gases. Such gases can be dangerous for your health and cause significant safety and health problems. However, there are degassing and aeration treatments available to deal with such issues.

Huge Increase in Power/Electricity Bill

Who likes to see a huge amount on their electricity bills at the end of every month? However, everyone has an average idea of the usage of their electricity and the expected bill amount. When this bill amount appears to be massively higher than other months, there is a possibility of your water well running dry.

  • When there are impurities from the bottom of the well, it results in clogging the pump
  • These impurities can only fill in the pump when the water in the well is shallow
  • The pump needs to use more electricity to fetch water from the well to the pipelines
  • Hence, the electricity bill that you receive shows skyrocketed amounts

Low Water Pressure in the Tank

Sometimes, the water pressure in the tank tends to go low. However, when it becomes a frequent event, there are chances that the water in your well is less. Thus, you need to figure out a solution to deal with the problem.

Water pressure goes low as a result of the presence of iron bacteria in water. This may also occur due to failing well pump, or partially closed/stuck check valve, and leaking/falling pressure.

To deal with such problems, it is best to take the help of a professional rather than experimenting on your own. Make sure you carry out adequate and due diligence before hiring an expert to solve the underlying issues. This will ensure that your well functions without any hassle, and any possibility of it getting dry remains at bay.

At Weeks Drilling & Pump Co., we aim to share the responsibility of making the environment a better place for humans by repairing the plumbing and pumping systems of the well. You can contact us at 707-823-3184 for your well needs.