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- 1 What Are the Most Common Well Pump Repair Issues in Jacksonville?
- 2 What Factors Cause Premature Well Pump Failure in Jacksonville?
- 3 How Much Does Well Pump Repair Usually Cost in Jacksonville?
- 4 How to Avoid Costly Well Pump Repairs in Jacksonville?
- 5 When Do You Need Permits for Well Pump Repair in Jacksonville?
What Are the Most Common Well Pump Repair Issues in Jacksonville?
Throughout our tenure in the plumbing and well business, we have seen everything there is to see regarding well pump repair issues. With that being said, the most common issues our customers face with well pumps are murky-colored water, sputtering water, and no water coming into the home.
If you notice sudden or gradual changes in the color of your water and it appears to be getting less-than-clear, it may be time to have a professional take a look at your well system and well pump. Your water may not be perfectly clear, as naturally occurring minerals are a common occurrence in Florida wells, and they don’t present any health hazards or problems. Water that is more gray or brown than clear, however, is cause for concern, and you will likely need the assistance of a professional like us to get it taken care of in a timely manner.
Private well owners usually aren’t strangers to the occasional sputter from their faucets, though frequent sputtering can indicate a larger issue within your well system. Sputtering usually indicates the presence of air within your pipes, which may, in turn, signify cracks or holes in your pipes that should be repaired as soon as possible. Sputtering may also indicate that your tank has bladder issues, which can make your well pump work extra hard and burn out. This problem requires a complete tank replacement in most situations.
No Water Flowing in Home
Perhaps the most inconvenient well problem we see is a complete lack of water coming into the home. This can occur for a variety of reasons, the most common including a compromised pressure switch, lost power to the well pump, or a completely dried-up well. All of these problems are fixable, though it’s best to address these sooner rather than later to ensure more damage doesn’t occur to your pump and that your home can operate as normal once again.
What Factors Cause Premature Well Pump Failure in Jacksonville?
Well pumps are usually a fantastic investment, as they generally last anywhere between 10 and 20 years. The lifespan of a well pump largely depends upon the type of system you have as well as several other important factors. Unfortunately, there are plenty of reasons why a well pump can fail prematurely in Jacksonville. Three of the most common reasons include hard water sources, drought, and tank problems.
Jacksonville generally has very hard water, which means that it tends to contain very high concentrations of hard water minerals. These hard water minerals include calcium and magnesium and they aren’t harmful to health when consumed or used for other household chores. They can, however, cause mineral buildup in your well pump and throughout your home’s pipes and fixtures, making your whole system less efficient. Pumps that have been subjected to mineral buildup tend to have to work harder, usually making them fail much faster than they otherwise would.
Although Jacksonville gets more rain than the national average, we still occasionally experience droughts that leave our vegetation dry and dehydrated and push our well pumps into overdrive. Well pumps experience issues during droughts when users continue to try to extract more water when the pump is already having difficulty extracting. Fortunately, having a low water cutoff switch installed can prevent your pump from continuing to work if your well’s water supply dips below a preset level.
Homes that rely on wells also rely on tanks that hold the water extracted by the well pump. Larger homes and families tend to need larger holding tanks, though many older homes have smaller tanks than are needed, and this results in the well pump having to continuously work to extract more and more water all the time. Sometimes, repeated well pump failures can be solved by having a larger holding tank installed to increase the reservoir of usable water within your home at any given point and allow your well pump to take more frequent breaks.
How Much Does Well Pump Repair Usually Cost in Jacksonville?
Most homeowners can expect to pay around $700 for well pump repair in Jacksonville, though the final bill may be much higher or lower depending upon your unique situation. When we calculate well pump repair costs, the three largest factors we take into account include the depth of the well, the type of the pump, and the amount of labor involved.
Depth of Well
It’s important to have a well that reaches deep enough to extract adequate water, though deeper wells can make it more difficult to access machinery within them for repairs and inspections. Jet pumps are usually placed more toward the surface, while deep well pumps are placed much deeper down and take more labor and time to extract for well repair jobs. Submersible pumps, on the other hand, are immersed deep in the well and water itself, which can make them much more difficult for us to access and service.
Type of Pump
There are several different types of pumps that can be placed in private wells, and each one has different parts and repair needs. Some types of pumps are relatively simple and straightforward to fix or replace and those cases will yield you a much smaller repair bill. More complicated pumps that require special parts to install or equipment to work on it will raise your final bill.
Some pump repair jobs will take no more than a couple of hours, but others may take all day, or even longer, depending upon the type of pump and overall situation. Labor costs are built into any bill, but the longer the job will take your plumber to perform, the more you can expect it to cost due to increased labor hours. Your bill will also increase if the job requires us to bring more staff members out to complete it safely.
How to Avoid Costly Well Pump Repairs in Jacksonville?
One of the best ways to avoid costly well pump repairs in Jacksonville is by having our professionals come out to inspect your well pump, and the system as a whole, at least once, preferably twice, per year. This can allow us to catch and remedy small problems before they become larger and more costly ones. Regular inspections are a cost-effective way to ensure that your well pump stays in good working condition, but they also give you peace of mind that your home’s water supply is still safe and clean, free from contaminants like fertilizers, pesticides, or excessively hard water minerals.
Even if you do get regular inspections from a professional, it can be helpful for you to investigate the working order of your well on your own on a monthly basis. This can allow you to spot any potential issues that can be resolved by a professional in a timely manner.
Keep an eye out for other issues around your home’s plumbing system that may force your well pump to work harder, such as leaks, running toilets, or failed pipes. All of these make your home use water much less efficiently, giving you low water pressure, higher water bills, and an increased risk of a burned-out well pump. If you see any of these issues, call our plumbers right away to get them fixed.
When Do You Need Permits for Well Pump Repair in Jacksonville?
Jacksonville requires a permit to be issued before work is done on a well or well pump in most situations, including the alteration of existing well or sewage structures. The process is relatively straightforward, though it does require some fees to be paid.
First, you or our plumber will have to fill out an application for a permit from the city of Jacksonville and pay the application fee. The city will then review your application, which will include detailed plans about how our plumber will repair your pump, and they may send someone out to your site to perform an investigation. Once the city signs off and approves your permit application, our plumber will be able to begin work.
It may be tempting to try to cut corners and skip the permit steps to save a few bucks, but permits are put into place to ensure the safety of you, your family, and your community at large. Plus, work that is done without a permit may not be covered by insurance if the damage of any kind occurs because of the unpermitted work. Those who may want to sell their homes in the near or distant future may also have trouble finding a buyer, as it’s possible for prospective homebuyers to see which types of permits are issued to properties, and homebuyers will steer clear of any homes with unpermitted work.
It can also cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to bring unpermitted work up to local code, so it’s always best to go about this in the right way the first time.