If you have found yourself with well water that's suddenly not supplying water, you might wonder what is causing the interruption. The fact is that well water systems are pretty straight-forward, so a lack of water is usually the result of only a couple of potential problems. Knowing what can interrupt your water supply is an important first step toward addressing the problem and restoring your home's water. Here's a look at the most common causes of disruption in your well water supply.
Well Pump Problems
The most common cause for a lack of water from your well is a problem with the well pump. If your well pump is not working, you can't draw water from the well. Start by checking the power supply to the well pump; make sure that the breaker isn't tripped. Stand near your well while someone turns the water on in your house and listen for the pump to engage.
If you've confirmed that there's power going to the pump but it still isn't running, you'll need to have a well pump repair technician come out and test your pump. If the pump itself is seized or malfunctioning, it will need repair or replacement to restore your water flow.
Water Storage Problems
Another common reason for your water supply to be interrupted is if your well's pressure tank is damaged or not working as it should be. The pressure tank should maintain a consistent water pressure level to ensure steady water pressure in your fixtures. However, when the pressure tank isn't working, whether it's damaged or the pressure switch is failing, you won't have the water storage and pressure that your home's plumbing needs to supply water. A well repair technician can assess the pressure tank to identify the source of the problem.
Water Supply Problems
When the source of your water flow interruption isn't mechanical, it's likely a supply problem inside the well itself. If your well has run dry, especially if the season has been particularly dry, you won't be able to draw water when you need it. The only way to solve this problem is to either have your well drilled deeper in the hopes of hitting another vein of water or to have a new well drilled somewhere else on your property for a more consistent water supply.
No matter what the cause of the issue, you'll want to talk with a well maintenance and repair technician for more information. Your well technician can help you identify the source of the problem and repair it. When there's no water from your well, talk with a professional.