Signs Your Well Pump Needs Repairs or Replacement

April 9th 2021

On Vancouver Island, Holman Plumbing & Water Treatment is the place to go for all your well pump supply, installation, and maintenance needs. From water wells and pumps right up to today’s most advanced water filtration and treatment systems, we use the newest technology to ensure our clients’ have clear, clean, and reliable water in their homes and communities. A lot of our clients use water wells as a dependable water source. As most wells will operate for months or even years without need of repairs, many users don’t realize until it’s too late that their pump needs to be repaired. There are some things to watch for, though, so you can keep ahead of any potential problems. If you have concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Holman Plumbing & Water Treatment for a quote or helpful advice. We can be reached at 250-748-2351 or

Well Pump Watch List

1. Low water pressure. A struggling water pump often results in low water pressure. This could be caused by iron bacteria clogging the pipe that leads to the pressure switch.

   a. To fix the issue, the water should be tested for iron bacteria, and subsequently, the slime, iron bacteria, and scales should be removed with a thorough cleaning.

2. Age. Even the hardiest of pumps won’t last forever. A well-maintained, high quality pump has an average lifespan of around 16 years. After that, you can expect the parts inside of the pump start wearing down.

3. Noisy, spitting taps. Air in your plumbing system can cause noisy, sputtering taps. If you think this might be the case, first check for a leaking pressure tank bladder, then check for a malfunctioning pump, and finally inspect for cracks in the pipes above the pump.

4. Cloudy water. Failing well pumps cannot effectively filter silt before pumping the water to the service. Therefore, muddy or cloudy water is a sign that your well pump may be wearing out.

5. High Electric Bills. If your electric bill is climbing and you can’t think of a reason why, there is a possibility your well pump is malfunctioning. If your well pump is constantly running, it could be a sign that the pump is struggling to draw water, and a reason for your steep electric bills.

If you feel like any of these problems are affecting you, please give us a call. Paying attention to your well water pump’s condition will ensure you catch any problems in the early stages and save you time, money, and frustration.

At Holman Plumbing & Water Treatment, we offer complete well disinfection for bacterial removal and are experienced installing well pumps for both shallow and deep wells. We also supply and install the latest in Deep Set PVC Piping.

Warren Holman is a licensed, certified plumber who has been providing plumbing services on Vancouver Island and the surrounding islands for over 20 years. Contact Us for all your residential, commercial, or industrial plumbing needs. There’s no problem too large or too small.

If you’re interested in reading more about plumbing and how we do business, check out some other postings on our blog, Water Talk. Who knows? You might learn something new.

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