Many homes in Florida are equipped with a private well system for many reasons. Although there are many benefits to owning a private well, there are also disadvantages as well. One common issue that we get called about all the time is concerning low water pressure. Read on to learn the basics of low flow in water wells.
What is Water Pressure?
Water pressure is essentially the force that pushes water from a source, through the pipes. Water is usually observed by the speed or strength in which was comes out of the faucet or showerhead. When water comes from the spigot at a weak or slow rate, this is low water pressure.
There can be many reasons why a person with a private well system might be experiencing low water pressure. Since a private well system is a system of interconnected parts, if any of those parts fail to operate properly, it can cause low or inconsistent flow.
If the tank is damaged or has a leak, then it will not be able to adequately provide the proper amount of pressure needed for the system.
If the well pumping is turned on and off too soon in a short amount of time, this might prevent the tank from being able to fill up, thus causing a pressure drop.
If the pipes are too narrow or have a blockage, then it will prevent the water from flowing properly thus contributing to weak or no water stream.
Faucets or Shower Heads
If the faucet or showerhead is clogged, then it will prevent the free flow of water as well.
Lack of Water
If the water in the aquifer is exhausted to the point that water levels are extremely low, then the lack of water will also cause low flow.
How to Increase The Flow
Assuming there is an adequate water supply to draw from in the aquifer, there are multiple solutions to increase water pressure.
Replace Faucets or Showerheads
If the cause of the problem is due to calcium build up in the faucet or showerhead, then replacing them should resolve the problem and is an inexpensive and quick fix that does not usually require professional assistance.
Change the Settings on the Tank
One possible solution might be to change the settings on the tank. Increasing the pressure on the tank will increase the water flow. A professional technician should be consulted as increasing the water flow to high can result in permanently damaging the tank and/or the well system.
Additional or Larger Pressure Tank
By installing an additional or larger pressure tank, you will have more regular water flow available during peak usage hours.
Install a Pressure Valve
A pressure valve is a device that ensures a constant flow of water by lowering the number of pump cycles. This will also reduce the wear on the tank from well pumping.
Install a Booster Pump
A booster pump is used in those situations where there is a significant distance between the well and faucet. The booster pump help increases the water pressure that might have been lost due to distance.