Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Are the Most Common Well Pump Repair Issues in Yulee?
- 2 What Factors Cause Premature Well Pump Failure in Yulee?
- 3 How Much Does Well Pump Repair Usually Cost in Yulee?
- 4 How to Avoid Costly Well Pump Repairs in Yulee?
- 5 When Do You Need Permits for Well Pump Repair in Yulee?
What Are the Most Common Well Pump Repair Issues in Yulee?
Located in Nassau County, Florida, Yulee is a residential area with more than 13,000 people calling it home. It is part of the Jacksonville metropolitan area and when you are in Yulee, you are 27-minutes from the heart of downtown Jacksonville, 23-minutes to Fernandina Beach, and 15-miles from Amelia Island.
For most residents, everything you could ever want is located right here. You can explore nature, play golf, go on vacation using the Jacksonville International Airport or nearby Interstate 95, and so much more.
Some of the most common reasons for well pump repair are:
- Loss of Power: Often we receive calls because no water is going into the home. Often this stems from the pump losing power. It can be damaged because of a breaker flipping or a recent lightning strike.
- Faulty Pressure Tank: Your well depends on a pressurized tank. If it malfunctions, your pump will also stop performing. The repair could be something as simple as a pressure switch flipped, but there is no way to know for sure until you have it checked.
What Factors Cause Premature Well Pump Failure in Yulee?
The one thing that people may not enjoy about Yulee is the abundance of fine sand, which can make it hard to keep grass healthy and water pumps working efficiently. If sand or other sediment gets into your well pump, it can cause wear to all of your home’s plumbing. Other common well pump issues in Yulee are:
Small Pump Size
A small water well pump may not be effectively able to keep up with the demands of your family. This can cause it to wear out faster than average pumps. When installing your well pump, you want to choose one based on:
- The size of your home and the number of people living in it. you should also look at property size if you have a farm or plan to irrigate your lawn and garden.
- How many plumbing fixtures, (showers, sinks, washers, etc.), your home has.
- The amount of water you may use regularly.
Drought Causes Wells to Go Dry
In Northeast Florida, three aquifers may be used to supply homes with water – the shallow aquifer system and two aquifers that are a part of the Floridan aquifer. Since all these water sources are dependent on rainfall, going deeper with your well is likely best. Parts of the Floridan aquifer can be 450 feet deep. Shallow aquifers may only be down 50 to 150 feet, according to the St. Johns River Water Management District. To ensure you do not run out of water, and cause unnecessary strain for your well pump, your well should be placed deep enough into the water supply to make up for dry spells.
Hard Water Issues
Hard water is a common issue in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas, even though water testing shows that it is overall good water. Hard water can negatively affect all plumbing and make it wear out faster because it can build up in the system. Your pump will have to work harder, your pipes can restrict water flow, and hard water may stain your faucets, sinks, and tubs.
All these things can contribute to well water issues and premature pump failures. However, you can sometimes lessen the damage if you know what to look for and take care of it before it becomes a major problem.
A faulty well pump is often noticeable if you experience the following:
- Water pressure fluctuates throughout your home.
- You hear strange noises or clicking from your tank.
- Faucets spitting (like there may be air in your system).
- Excessively hot water (given your hot water thermostat hasn’t been adjusted).
- Higher electric bills than normal.
These issues may not seem like a major problem, but they can become a more time-consuming and costlier repair if your well pump stops working. The only way to know what is truly causing your well pump issues is to have it checked out by our professionals.
How Much Does Well Pump Repair Usually Cost in Yulee?
In Yulee, most people can expect to pay between $160 to $1,350 for well pump repairs. This means that on average, homeowners can spend around $750. However, your cost will vary based on several factors, which makes it hard to predict without knowing your situation.
Typically, there are two well pump types used for homes: jet pumps and submersible. A jet pump is going to typically cost less to repair. They have fewer moving parts and are often sit above the ground. Submersible means that it can be down in the ground and fairly deep, making it harder to get access to.
If you have a submersible well pump, the cost for repairs may increase because of us having to bring more equipment to get the job done and spend more time with the repair and cleanup.
Because of the sand in Yulee, you will likely have either a driven well or a dug well. If you have a shallow well, it will be easier to repair. If your well is up to 150 feet deep, you could pay a little more. You may also need to pay more for different setups and locations of the well and pump.
Overall Condition of the Well
Well pumps are a large part of your well, but they aren’t the only part that can have issues. To repair the pump, other parts of your system will be inspected for possible issues that are going on. This is because some of the biggest pump issues may begin with a problem in other areas of that system. If other parts of your system are damaged, your cost for a well pump repair is going to increase the price for parts and labor.
How to Avoid Costly Well Pump Repairs in Yulee?
On average, your well pump should last around 15 years. However, many homeowners get much less use from the one in their homes. If you would rather avoid the hassle of dealing with a broken well pump for as long as possible, there are a few things you can do to extend its lifespan.
This is the single most important thing you can do for your well pump. You should have them inspected yearly by our team to ensure that everything is working properly and that your water is still good to drink. Along with the inspection, you should keep a record of your results. This will allow you to look back over previous years to see how things are changing. If you monitor your private well, you are more likely to notice when something seems off.
Install Low Water Cutoffs
Dry spells do happen in Florida. Although the summer heat may begin in March or April, the rains may not come until late June or July. This means the Florida Aquifer is constantly rising and falling. To ensure that your pump doesn’t ever run dry, a cutoff will ensure it does not overheat if the water level drops too far.
Make Sure Check Valves Are Included
Check valves are designed to protect your well pump from losing its prime. By doing this, your pump will not have to work so hard. If you want to double your protection, you can add a check valve on the top side of your well.
Listen to Your Pump
A new pump will operate quietly. If you notice grinding, whining, and any other noises that seem odd, you will want to have it looked at. Your well pump has parts inside it that move. The type of pump you are using will dictate how many moving parts are in it. Often, when there are odd noises coming from the pump or the well, those parts could be rubbing together, causing damages that if left unchecked may make it so you have to replace the entire pump. In short, it means that a relatively easy repair could now cost you substantially more money.
Visually Inspect Your Pump
Even though you may only have a professional inspection done yearly, you can still take a few minutes to look over your well and pump. Look for rusts, leaks, and other issues that may not have been visible during inspections. It isn’t something you have to do monthly, but a quick look every six months isn’t too much to ask when it could save you a lot of expensive repairs later.
Use Less Water if Possible
Let’s say you are filling your child’s swimming pool, running the dishwasher, washing machine, and trying to take a shower all at one time. Your well pump will be forced to work constantly, which can cause it to overheat. The more often this happens, the more you will be causing it to stop working prematurely. When possible, you should use your dishwasher, your washing machine, and all those other things throughout the day, at separate times.
When Do You Need Permits for Well Pump Repair in Yulee?
In Nassau County, you are not required to have a permit if you are:
- Stopping leaks
- Clearing clogs
- Replacing cabinets
- Repairing faucets
- Replacing toilets, sinks, etc.
However, anything that can be viewed as a “new construction” will require a permit. This includes replacing wells, well pumps, and pipes that may lead to your home. The process for submitting your permit request, which can be done in person or via fax, email, upload, or mail, involves:
- Filing out a permit application
- Including plans (if necessary). plans will need to be drawn up by a professional.
- Paid for via credit cards, checks, e-checks, or a contractor escrow account
Florida’s plumbing codes apply to all residences and commercial lots in the state of Florida. To pass any inspection, your well and well pump will need to be done properly.
The easiest way to know that it is done right is to have our professionals guide you on all the proper steps to get through well pump permitting requirements and the installation. Otherwise, you will end up with a lot of headaches when it comes time to get through your inspections.