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Top 5 Signs Your Water Well Is Drying Up

It's everyone's nightmare scenario.

You're rushing to get ready for the day and go to turn on the tap, only to realize something is very wrong. Your well has run dry.

How could you have avoided this early morning meltdown?

Knowing the warning signs of a well drying up can save both your wallet and your schedule from disaster. Here's what to look for to avoid missing out on your morning shower.


Muddy Water

When water wells run low, sediments can mix into the water supply. These dregs can cause water to take on a muddy appearance. 

The muddy water can be unpleasant or even dangerous to drink. It can carry diseases that are damaging and, in some cases, fatal to humans.

Additionally, excess sediments in water can get stuck in your pipes, causing hard-to-reach blockages.


Change in Water Taste

Sometimes when sediments mix into well water, they cause a change in taste or even smell rather than appearance. This can be a very early sign of low water reserves so trust more than your eyes when it comes to requesting water well services.


Leaky or Spluttering Faucets

No one likes a leaky faucet. If your spouts are spluttering or leaking without noticeable cause, it could be that your well pump is having a hard time drawing water. 

Low water levels can cause air to enter the plumbing system, which then creates dripping and breaks in the stream of water coming out of your faucet. These leaks can be a big issue not only for your water supply but for your overall water use.


Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure happens, especially in rural areas. But frequent slow water flow can be a sign that your well is running low. 

It can also be a sign of a failing well pump or closed valve.

With professional consultation, you can determine the root cause of your low water pressure and save yourself the frustration of a sluggish shower.


A Running Water Pump

A water pump running for extended periods of time can be due to water level decreases. Since water has to be drawn up, low water levels can make it harder for the system to fetch what's there.

This can mean trouble now and down the line as the pump continues to draw on the limited water available.


How to Prevent a Water Well From Drying Up

Luckily, it's possible to prevent a well from drying up completely and causing permanent damage to your well pump and system. Water well service from J.R. Drilling Central Limited Partnership can provide expert help for residential customers, including additional well drilling and geotechnical services.

Additionally, as a local business serving Williams Lake, BC for over 25 years, we have the specialized knowledge you need to best utilize your water well and keep it running smoothly for years to come.


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