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Investigating And Fixing Sputtering Well Water Issues

Patsy Peterson

About 500,000 new wells are constructed each year in the United States. These wells directly supply individuals in rural areas with water from natural aquifers. If you have recently had a well installed yourself, then you can expect the well to provide you with consistent water. Sometimes though, the well simply does not provide the fluid that you expect. In some cases, you may notice both water and air sputtering out of the tap when you turn it on. If you do, then keep reading to find out how the issue can be resolved.

Well Pump Lowering

Under normal circumstances, the submerged pump in your well will pull water from underneath itself. There is usually more than enough water just above the pump to fill in where water is removed. However, if there is very little water in the well and the pump is barely submerged, water will not flow down and around the bottom of the pump as fluid is removed. Some air will be pulled into the pump along with the water. This will cause sputtering and spitting water to release from your faucets. The pump may also pick up some debris from the very bottom of the well and this may flow through the water pipes too. 

Your well will tap directly into the water table that runs underneath the earth. Wells are typically drilled deep enough so that at least 600 gallons of water sit in the well at all times. This allows for water to flow freely out of your taps for about two hours continuously. If you experience a drought, though, then the water table can drop significantly and leave you with far less water in your well. If you are experiencing a drought, then you will need to use water sparingly until it rains and groundwater levels return to normal.

If you have not been experiencing a drought or if weather has only been moderately dry, then your well pump may not sit close enough the bottom of the well. This means that only the water along the top part of the well can be directly accessed, and the well will suck air up into the discharge pipe once the water is pumped out. If weather has not been dry and you experience air in your water lines when using larger volumes of water, then contact a plumber or a well water pump repair specialist to have your well pump lowered.

Water Pressure Tank Replacement

Air in your water lines can sometimes be traced back to your water pressure tank. This means that your well and pump are perfectly fine and air is mixing with water outside the well. Your water pressure tank is the part of the well water system that helps to retain good water pressure. An air bladder will be held in the tank. Water is moved into the tank from the well. The air bladder places pressure on the water and this helps to force water out of the tank with good pressure and speed when you turn your taps on. Water continues to fill the tank as you use water, but air from the bladder will sometimes mix with the water and the air will release out of your faucets. 

This issue typically occurs if you have a pressure tank with an open or exposed air bladder. The problem is not a serious one, and it just means that your pressure tank takes in more air than it needs. 

If you are bothered by the air in your water flow, then you can invest in a pre-charged or contained bladder tank. These types of tanks will have an air-filled vinyl bladder that is built into the tank. This bladder will not release air into your well water, unless the bladder bursts or leaks after extensive use. If you want a pre-charged bladder tank, then speak with your well specialist or plumber about completing the installation for you. 


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Keeping your home's plumbing system in good working order is a family job. Have you taught your kids what should never be flushed down the toilets or poured down the drains? Do your kids know what to watch for to know that there is a plumbing problem that needs to be addressed? If your kids know what to look for, they will be less likely to contribute to making a minor plumbing problem more serious. This blog will show you things that you should teach your kids so that everyone can work together to protect the entire plumbing system in your home.

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