Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Well Pump Repair Issues in Sarasota?
- 2 What Factors Cause Premature Well Pump Failure in Sarasota?
- 3 How Much Does Well Pump Repair Usually Cost in Sarasota?
- 4 How to Avoid Costly Well Pump Repairs in Sarasota?
- 5 When Do You Need Permits for Well Pump Repair in Sarasota?
What Are the Most Common Well Pump Repair Issues in Sarasota?
The city of Sarasota sprawls alongside Florida’s Gulf Coast. It’s prone to tropical storms, hurricanes, and floods. Floods can be particularly harmful to your well water supply.
Tropical Weather Leads to Floods That Damage Well Pumps
After a flood, homeowners may notice some warning signs that well water might be unsafe. Floodwater can transport large debris that may dislodge parts of the well or crack the well casing. Floodwater may also deposit mud, sand, or sediment into your well. If you notice any of these issues, your well system or well pump may need to be repaired.
- If you suspect your well has been affected by floodwater or debris, stop using it.
- Do not turn on your well pump until it is assessed and repaired by our team.
How Can a Homeowner Tell If a Well Was Damaged by Flooding?
Florida’s hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30. Sometimes homeowners are asked to evacuate Sarasota during hurricanes. Remember to turn off the power to the well before you leave.
While gone, you won’t witness damage happening to your well or well pump. Upon returning to your property, check the area around the well for debris or puddling water. Water stains or mud stains on the side of a well pump casing are sure signs of floodwaters. If you see them, don’t use the well.
- Erosion of your landscaping is also a signal that your well might be damaged.
Then, examine the electrical components. (Remember, be sure the electricity to the well is turned off before inspecting the well / well pump.) Don’t touch any wires, but you’re looking for corrosion, exposed wires, or any apparent damage. If any part of the electrical components of your well is still submerged, do not turn it on!
Check if the cap and seal are still fastened securely to the well casing. There still might be damage below the cap. So you’ll need to check the well casing next. A cracked or bent well casing can increase your risk of contamination and is therefore dangerous. Have the well water tested by our professionals before drinking it; otherwise, it may be unsafe for your family.
It’s okay to remove any debris or mud from the visible parts of your well cap, casing, etc. Just be sure the electricity is off! You can also start disinfecting your well if it appears to be in working order.
What Factors Cause Premature Well Pump Failure in Sarasota?
Flood damage after a hurricane is one of the most prevalent causes of well pump failure in Sarasota.
Flood Damage & Homeowner’s Insurance
Most residential well pumps — whether they’re jet pumps or submersible styles — are meant to last roughly 20 years with proper care and daily use. But a flood can damage any well pump and cause it to fail, even if it’s brand new!
Homeowners should know that your homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover most flood damage. Instead, that would be covered by a flood insurance policy, which is available through a few private companies but mainly via a federal program called the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Here in Florida, your homeowner’s policy will usually cover equipment failure as long as it did not involve a flood. However, you’ll still be responsible for a deductible, so sometimes it makes sense to pay for well pump repairs out of pocket rather than building a history of insurance claims.
“The Well Pump Isn’t Running / No Water Coming into the House”
One of the most common complaints we hear in the Sarasota area is that no water is coming to the house, and the well pump is off. Sometimes it’s only a matter of a “tripped” circuit breaker. If your well pump suddenly stops working, try flipping the circuit breaker. But if this problem happens more than a few times in a year, it’s likely a sign of a bigger problem with your well pump.
Sporadic Use Problems
Well pumps are designed to be used every day. If you’re one of the 90,000 “snowbirds” who live in Sarasota County seasonally, you may discover your well pump needs to be inspected, disinfected, repaired, or replaced before the 20-year-mark.
Thanks to the gorgeous beaches and vibrant culture, tourism is a big business in Sarasota! Even during a slow year, the area will host at least two million temporary visitors. If you’ve repurposed a family home as a short-term rental — like an Airbnb, for instance — you’ll need to pay extra attention to your well. Periods of inactivity followed by periods of intense activity can be arduous on your well pump.
How Much Does Well Pump Repair Usually Cost in Sarasota?
Well pump repairs in Sarasota vary from one job to the next. We’re reluctant to quote average prices because the well at your property might be older, newer, a different style, or supporting a larger family than the well next door.
But know that:
- In Sarasota, the average well pump replacement costs $1,600 (that doesn’t include the cost of the pump.)
- Jet well pumps range in price from $200 to $800.
- Submersible well pumps are more expensive and might cost $1,000 or more.
- The size, style, and depth of your pump all play a role in the cost of repairing or replacing it.
- Well pump repairs cost around $600 on average in Sarasota, and most jobs fall between $140 and $1,600.
Let’s take a closer look and the cost factors.
Well Pump Style
There are two primary types of residential well pumps: submersible pumps and jet pumps. Jet pumps sit at the surface and pull water up. They work harder to pull water up to the surface, but they’re easier to access.
Submersible pumps hang down in the well and must be fully covered in water to work. The weight of the pump helps to push water up, so the work they perform is easier. But a technician must pull up the pump to the surface for repairs. That means more labor and more costs, so these pumps are generally more expensive to repair.
The Size and Depth of Your Well & Pump
It should go without saying that a submersible pump 140 feet below the surface will cost less to repair than one 300 feet down. Again, this is primarily due to equipment and labor costs. Whether a well pump repair job is three hours or twelve hours will affect your cost significantly.
Sarasota Inclement Weather and Labor
When a hurricane brings catastrophic floods to an area, the damage is widespread. Our teams may find themselves working evenings, weekends, holidays, and overtime because hundreds of wells in a region are affected at once. These increased labor costs can add up quickly, but your family must have access to safe drinking water ASAP.
How to Avoid Costly Well Pump Repairs in Sarasota?
We’ve already addressed the importance of visually inspecting your well after a hurricane or flood. But homeowners should visually inspect well pumps often!
Beyond that, be sure to:
- Store hazardous chemicals, gasoline, used motor oil, paint, etc. at least 100 feet away from your well
- Be careful about mowing your yard or performing other landscaping feats near your well
- Test your well water at least once a year
- Contact us for ongoing maintenance at least once each year
Per to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), the most common contaminants in well water in Sarasota are bacteria and nitrates. Labs generally test for coliform bacteria and fecal coliforms (E. coli ). These tests usually cost about $30, but that can vary.
Nitrates in well water come from fertilizers, animal waste, and human sewage from a septic tank leak. So have your well professionally inspected by our experts to identify why elevated nitrate levels are getting into your well water — they can be very dangerous to your family’s health.
When Do You Need Permits for Well Pump Repair in Sarasota?
Sarasota County has a lot of regulations regarding well installation, repairs, and decommissioning. These rules can change from time to time, so it’s best to reach out to our professionals or contact the county. But in a nutshell, you should know:
- A permit is required for beginning construction, modification, repair, or abandonment of any well more than 25 feet deep.
- Only licensed contractors like us may obtain permits.
- The only exception is for two-inch sandpoint irrigation wells 25 feet or fewer in depth.
- For new well construction, an inspector from the city may need to visit your property. Their mission is to determine that the well is compliant and safe with local codes.
- These inspections are mandatory for a domestic well redrill on a less than one-acre site.
In other words, you’ll always need a permit to drill, redrill, remove or decommission a well in Sarasota County. Your permit is only valid for 90 days, but one can extend it by contacting the county.
Some more minor repairs do not require a permit. For instance, if your jet pump needs to be repaired or replaced, you probably don’t need a permit.