While repair and replacement should be left to the professionals, there are some preventative water pump maintenance measures that you can take to ensure your water pump system runs efficiently for as long as possible. Routine upkeep helps maintain one of your home’s most vital resources and keeps more expensive interventions at bay.
Here are some steps you can take to maintain your water pump:
- No corrosive products: Chemicals like paints, fertilizers, pesticides, and motor oils can deteriorate your pipes and contaminate your water. For your health and the health of your well water system, it’s important to not allow these harmful liquids to enter.
- Check for maintenance issues: Issues like leaking, vibrations, clogging, overheating, unusual noises, or vapor bubbles from faucets can be monitored on a daily or weekly basis to ensure that your system is well-maintained.
- Proper landscape: When it comes to your home’s landscape, there are some guidelines to follow for water pump maintenance. Make sure the ground surrounding your well slopes away so that water can properly drain without pooling. Do not plant vegetation within four feet of your well, as roots can damage the well casing, and be careful when mowing or using heavy equipment near the wellhead.
- Don’t cover the wellhead: Your wellhead should not be covered with debris like rocks, leaves, or snow. The top of your wellhead should be at least 12 inches above ground, as underground wellheads are more susceptible to bacterial growth. An above-ground wellhead also allows easier visibility and accessibility for routine maintenance checks.
- Get it professionally serviced: An annual water pump maintenance check and water test done by a professional pump service will identify and fix any issues before they become larger problems and guarantee your system is running smoothly.