Whenever strain is placed on a well pump, there is a risk that it will fail prematurely. When there is a problem with the pump, this can lead to dirty water. Fortunately, there are repairs that you can make in order to correct this problem.
Identifying The Root Cause
When you notice discoloration, the first thing you should do is have the water tested before contacting a plumber. Having your water tested is much less expensive. Note whether all of the water is discolored or only the hot water. If your hot water is discolored, this may be a problem with the hot water heater. Inspect household fixtures to verify that they are not suffering from rust, which may also cause water discoloration. However, the problem may be the result of the pump.
A Damaged Pump
Surface flooding, rain, and snow can flow into the casing area when the grouting is damaged or if the cap isn't correctly sealed. Correcting these problems will prevent dirty water from entering your well pump.
Sand And Grit Infiltration
Your well may be dirty because it is beginning to pump sand. The pump needs to be placed about ten feet above the base of the well so that it only pumps water. If it is placed at the base of the well, it can pump sand and grit. Another problem is that the pump might be too big for the well and this may cause the sand and grit to be pulled out of the well unintentionally. Regardless of the cause, it is important to have the problem resolved because the sand and grit will cause damage to the pump.
A Damaged Well Screen
The well screen can become degraded and this can allow for sand and sediment to get into your well. The well casing has areas that allow water to penetrate while keeping the sand and sediment out. However, the well screen can eventually become degraded and will need to be repaired or replaced.
A Dry Well
One issue may be that your well is going dry. This means you will either need to get a new well or you will need to use less water. If you are using the well for irrigation, look for other ways that you can water your lawn, such as using a soaking system where water is only applied to each plant. When the underlying cause is corrected, your water will be safer to drink and taste better.
Talk with a company like David Cannon Well Drilling for more information.