If you own a well, you may often experience a lag in water flow. This is often the result of a well pump that is trying to keep up with your water demands but is failing miserably. Before you start looking at new well pumps, here are three ways to increase water pressure in your plumbing when you get your water from a well.
Flush the System
Most people with a well rarely flush their systems. They simply do not know that there could be sediment in the lines between their well pumps and their homes. If city sewer systems frequently flush their systems for that exact reason, why would you not flush your own system at least once a year to clear the line? If you do not know how to flush your well system, contact a well contractor for assistance. Usually the contractors that provide maintenance to wells can help with this task. It will take a few hours of your time, between the time the contractor arrives and the time he/she leaves.
Stagger Your Usage
Sure, you have water, but it is not an endless supply. It also does not refill as readily as the water systems and plumbing in the cities. If no one has told you this before, here it is: stagger your usage. Simply put, shower when your washing machine and/or dishwasher are not running. Operate your water appliances independently of each other. If you know you run your dishwasher at night, do laundry during the day, and wait an hour between loads. This helps your well pump refill your water tanks and supply lines so that the water pressure is more consistent and the water is more readily available.
Increase the Size and Horsepower of Your Well Pump
It may be time to replace your well pump, or it may not be. Either way, it does not hurt to look at buying and installing a well pump that is larger than what you have and has more horsepower than your current one. More horsepower means more pressure, and more pressure between the pump and the line into your house and holding tanks means more consistent water pressure. If you are unaware of what size well pump you have, ask a well contractor to take a look at your pump. Then that same contractor can help you get the new pump and install it for you.