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Protect Your Well Pump From Drought Damage



A well pump can be damaged easily during the summer months. Lack of rain can lead to dry wells. The CT Dept. of Health has already issued one drought advisory this season. The easiest way to protect your well pump is to conserve water. Watching your water consumption can save you thousands of dollars of emergency plumbing repair.

Well pump protection tips

Here’s what you can do to protect your well system:

  • Take shorter showers.
  • Allow plenty of time between showers to let your well recover.
  • Turn off your water when brushing your teeth.
  • Make sure none of your toilets are running.
  • Hand water all flowers and vegetables.
  • Install water-saving plumbing fixtures, such as toilets, faucets and toilets.
  • Hold off on watering your lawn.
  • Turn off the power to your well pump if you suspect your well is going dry. This will prevent it from over pumping and burning out. It will also prevent it from drawing sediment into the pump which can clog it and also cause it to burn out.

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How do I know if my well is dry?

The number one sign that your well has run dry issubmersible-well-pump-system-storrs-ct-completed-rapid-service-plumber that you have no water coming out of any of your faucets. There are some signs that will give you a heads-up that it’s running low:

  • If you have a deep well, you’ll notice the pressure gauge on your well tank fluctuating. This could be a sign that your submersible well pump is short-cycling. “Short-cycling” means that the pump is running and trying to pump water to your home, but there’s little to no water available. The pump will continue to run, eventually burning out.
  • If you have a shallow well, you’ll hear the jet pump in your basement, crawlspace or pump house running more than usual.
  • You have a significant drop in water pressure in all of your faucets.
  • Your water is cloudy or there’s sediment in it.

Remember: Rapid Service LLC is YOUR local well pump repair and installation specialist, offering 24/7 emergency services. Please call us with any concerns about your well system: 860-228-1036.