Ask a Plumber: How to Choose a Well Tank

Your local Columbia CT plumber is here to give you some tips on how to choose the right well tank for your home.

What’s a well tank?

If you have a well system, there are three main components: the well, a well pump and a well tank. The well and well pump are found outside your home. The well tank is usually found in the basement area of your home. The majority of them are blue or gray in color and have a cylinder shape. A well tank sits on the floor, near where the water from your well enters your home. A professional plumber from Rapid Service installed this well tank in Vernon CT:


How to choose a well tank

A professional plumber can help you choose the well tank that best suits the needs of your family. He’ll ask you questions such as:


How old is the existing tank?

How many people are in the home?

What is the quality of your water?

How many faucets and water appliances are in the home?

How much water is used daily?

How deep is your well?

What is the yield of your well?

As you can see, there are many things to consider when choosing a well tank. A local professional plumber will explain what tank will be the best fit for your family. A replacement can usually be done the same day, with minimal interruption to your day.

What else to consider

If your tank is too small, it can stress out your well pump and cause it to burn out. Replacing a well pump is MUCH more expensive than a well tank. The correct size well tank will protect your pump.

If your water is corrosive, it can cause your well tank to rust out and leak. A professional plumber can take a water sample, and recommend a water treatment system based on the results. A water treatment system will not only protect your well tank, it will also protect the pipes and faucets in your home. If your well tank is corroding, there’s a good chance damage is being done to the rest of the plumbing in your home.

Your local Connecticut plumber

A well tank has a typical lifespan of about 10-15 years, under optimal water quality conditions and maintenance. It becomes a gamble after the 15-year mark. It becomes a question of when the tank will fail, not if. To set up a service call with one of our plumbing technicians, please call 860-228-1036. For more tips from your Connecticut plumber, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.