If your home relies on well water, having the right kind of pump ensures your family has everything they need to cook, clean, and bathe. While standard jet pumps may work for shallow wells, submersible pumps are more efficient than jet pumps in delivering more water for the same size motor, and will work in very shallow wells, or wells hundreds of feet deep. Associated Well Services, Inc., a leading well drilling company in Stephenville, TX, recommends using a submersible water pump. Below, they outline what customers need to know about this equipment.
How Do Submersible Water Pumps Work?
Unlike jet pumps, which are housed above ground near the well head, a typical submersible pump is characterized by a long cylindrical shape that fits inside the well casing. The bottom half is made up of a sealed motor that I connected to the above ground power source and controlled by electrical wires. The actual pump half of the unit is comprised of a stacked series of impellers, each separated by a diffuser that drives the water up the pipe to the plumbing system.
Your well-drilling contractor will lower the pump into the well, below the surface of the water with a pipe that will carry the flow of water from the pump to the surface and on to the pressure tank. When your water tank pressure is low, a switch is activated to engage the motor which turns the pump and then pushes water up the pipe and into the tank. Once the tank has enough pressure, the switch will disengage and the pump will stop.
Advantages of Using a Submersible Water Pump
Homeowners primarily choose a submersible water pump to access deeper water reserves, but it also helps them save money on energy. A major advantage to a submersible pump is that it never has to be primed, because it is already submerged in the fluid. Submersible pumps are also very efficient because they don’t really have to spend a lot of energy moving water into the pump. Water pressure pushes the water into a submersible pump, thus “saving” a lot of the pump’s energy.
Caring for Your Submersible Water Pump
Although submersible water pumps are very reliable and energy efficient, they are a combination of electrical and mechanical instruments, and as such can fail prematurely if not properly cared for. Excessive starting and stopping is the number 1 killer of submersible pumps. It causes excessive heating and will result in premature failure. Homeowners should maintain adequate air pressure in there pressure tank and consult their well technician if anything seems out of the ordinary.
If you’re interested in adding a submersible water pump to your well or need repairs for your current system, Associated Well Services has the tools and experience to help. Their water well team drills and repairs all types of water wells and uses the latest technology to provide the best option for all their customer's needs. For more information, call (254) 965-5924 or visit their website.