Sunday, March 27, 2016

#WellPump Repair: Common Water Pump Problems

By Marjorie Steele

If you've owned a home, chances are you've experienced problems with water pressure. Whether it's a complete loss of flow pressure, or intermittent and inconsistent flow, water pressure trouble always seems to come at the most inconvenient time. Some homeowners water pressure problems may be persistent, such as constantly low water pressure, while others may experience an occasional but sudden lack of water pressure. While it's always best to have a professional water well contractor make repairs, it's good to know as much about your home's well water system as possible so that you can make the most informed decision possible when it comes to well pump repair.

Bad or No Well Water Pressure

Water wells are complicated machines, as are the pumps that pull the water from the well into your home. As with any complex mechanical system, a single problem can have more and more causes as the system increases in intricacy. (Anyone who has owned a car or a computer knows this truth well.) When it comes to low water pressure, the problem can range from problems with the pressure tank, worn pumps, clogged pipes and pumps, and even clogged filters and purification systems. The problem may be mechanical or electrical, or may be caused by the water your specific well is drawing from (for example, water with higher iron concentrations may contribute to clogged pipes which can affect water pressure). If the problems with your water pressure are a result of these or many other causes, a professional water well repair team should be able to diagnose and correct the problem, restoring your water pressure to its normal level. It should be noted that regular water well maintenance checks may catch many of these problems early, before they begin to have such noticeable and bothersome effects.

Another possible cause for diminishing or non-existent water pressure may have nothing to do with faulty or damaged equipment. Instead, it may be possible that the water reserves from which your well is drawing may in fact be running low. While this is not the most likely explanation, a professional well drilling and repair company will be able to determine if the water table is in fact running low and, if so, make adjustments to return the pressure to its normal level.

Intermittent Pump Cycling, or Short Cycling

Though some homeowners may imagine that the pump activates every time they turn on a tap -- and then closes each time they shut it off -- this is in fact not the case. Instead, the water well pump fills up a storage tank fitted with an air bladder. The pump fills the tank until it reaches a pre-set pressure, then shuts off. As you use water, the tank drains and the pressure decreases. Once the pressure reaches the low pre-set pressure, the pump turns on once again to refill the tank.

If everything is working as it should, a homeowner will notice the pump kicking on every so often, remaining active for a short period of time, then turning off until the next time it is needed. However, some pumps may begin to cycle intermittently, a process that is called "short cycling." Like low water pressure, short cycling can have many causes. If your water tank is leaking water, the tank may fill to its proper pressure, but because water is constantly flowing from the tank, the pressure drops rapidly and the pump turns on again a short time later. (You might also have other problems if you have a leaky water tank in your house!) Other causes may be a defective air bladder in the water tank, or damaged water pressure control switches, which measure the water pressure in the tank and tell the pump when to turn on and off.

Whatever the case may be, a professional water well repair team can diagnose the problem and come up with a plan to solve the short cycling problems.

Steve Buer is the owner of Buer Well Drilling, a well drilling company based in Caledonia, Michigan. A family owned business, Buer Well Drilling specializes in well drilling, well pump repair and many other services. Mr. Buer and his team provide water well service to Grand Rapids and its outlying areas. Visit www.buerwelldrilling.com for more information.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

What Causes Smelly or Yellow #WellWater, and How Can It Be Fixed?

By Marjorie Steele

There are few things more refreshing than a glass of clear, cold, crisp water. But what happens when your tap water begins to smell or taste differently than it used to? If the water begins to carry a green or yellow tint, does that mean it's unsafe? Depending on where a home is located, problems such as a sulfur smell, or "rotten egg smell," and water discoloration can affect the quality of the well water. However, there are usually ways to address the rotten egg smell and discoloration issues, and a professional well drilling company will know best how to use water purification systems, or other methods, to make your water the best that it can be.

What Causes the Rotten Egg Smell in Water?

The primary cause of the rotten egg smell in water is hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide is caused by "anaerobic digestion," the process by which microorganisms break down organic material in the absence of oxygen. This process can occur in the mud and clay of swamps as well as sewers and wells. In addition to being unpleasant to the senses, hydrogen sulfide gas can be both poisonous and flammable in large quantities, though this is rare in domestic situations. Hydrogen sulfide also corrodes pipes, which can cause a myriad of problems in the home.

Hydrogen sulfide dissipates quickly from water. To perform a simple home test, the homeowner can fill a glass with water. If the smell dissipates in roughly ten seconds, hydrogen sulfide is likely the cause of the rotten egg smell. To make certain, the homeowner should have a professional either test the water on-site or take a stabilized sample back to the lab. Once it is determined that hydrogen sulfide is indeed the problem, there are several steps that can be taken to alleviate that nasty sulfur smell from the water.

How Can Smelly Water be Fixed?

First, the homeowner must determine whether the sulfur smell is present when both hot and cold water are running, or only when hot water is running. If the rotten egg smell is detectable only when the water is warm, the problem is likely what is called the "sacrificial anode rod" in your water heater. If this is the case, the sulfur smell is not being caused by anaerobic digestion, but is created when the water reacts with the anode rod.

If the smell is present whenever the water runs, the homeowner may want to have a professional well drilling and installation company install a fiberglass, bladderless water tank with a venting system. These systems are highly effective in removing both the hydrogen sulfide and its attending rotten egg smell from the water. If the water has a high iron concentration, and iron filter may be able to effectively remove the excess iron and smell. Yet another option is a carbon-based filter, which can remove smells from well water. Contact a professional well drilling company to determine which solution will best fit your needs.

What Causes Yellow or Greenish Discoloration in Well Water?

In addition to smelly water, discolored water can also be a problem for homeowners who get their water from underground wells. In general, there are two main causes for cloudy water. The first possibility is that iron is oxidizing in the water. This results when ground from which the well water is drawn contains a relatively high concentration of iron. A second possibility is that the cloudy water contains a high concentration of tannic acid. Tannic acid is particularly common if the well is located near or around a swamp, as tannic acid is caused by decaying vegetation near your water source.

A simple home test can help determine whether the discolored water is a result of iron or tannic acid. First, allow the water to run for about fifteen minutes. Then, fill up a clean, white bucket with tap water. If the water is immediately discolored, tannic acid is likely the culprit. However, the water is initially clear, but increases in discoloration with time, the result is probably iron.

How Can Discolored Water be Fixed?

If the water in the bucket discolors slowly, the homeowner should have the well water tested for high iron. If it turns out to be the case that the iron levels are high, the installation of an iron filter can usually alleviate the problem. If the problem is tannic acid, the solution may not be so easy. There are water conditioners that have tannin beds, but these systems are generally expensive and not extremely effective. In most cases, the best option is to drill a new well in a different aquifer if at all possible. A professional well drilling company will be able to determine what the best option is for each individual home and well.

Steve Buer is the owner of Buer Well Drilling, a well drilling company based in Caledonia, Michigan. A family owned business, Buer Well Drilling specializes in well drilling, well water treatment and many other services. Mr. Buer and his team provide water well service to Ada and its outlying areas. Visit www.buerwelldrilling.com for more information.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Is a #WaterWellFiltration System Capable of Solving My Water Problem?

By Lisa Gibb

Well water is the most common source of water for people who live in rural areas. And these people use this water with utmost confidence because in their opinion this water is safe from hazardous substances and chemicals.

But "Do they know that well water is accountable for different types of cancers and allergies? Well of course they don't. Folk have any no idea about what they are drinking. Well water, according to modern research gives birth to diseases like hepatitis, cholera and many other harmful diseases. This water contains excreted materials from animals and many bacteria like herbicides and pesticides. So well water is not the purest form of water.

This gives rise to the concept of water well filtration systems. Through these systems well water can be treated efficiently so that it can provide pure and safer water.

The technology used in these systems effectively removes substances like chlorine, lead, nitrates, and arsenic and many other substances which easily pollute the well water. As iron is hugely present in well water it sometimes smells like a rotten egg, which makes the water undrinkable and these systems also help in removing iron from it.

Filtration systems use the technology of reverse osmosis but the technology is not applicable in some situations alone as in many cases a carbon absorbent is required to work with it. These situations mostly happen when the system is to be applied to the whole house which uses well water.

Ultra Violet technology is also very commonly in use with these systems as it helps to kill the bacteria from its very roots which means it targets the DNA so that the bacteria cannot reproduce itself. The ultra violet technology can also be very helpful in removing chlorine from well water and it can be done easily without the involvement of other chemicals or substances.

The well water filtration system uses a retention and pressure tanks. These can also be used for the purification of water depending upon the condition of water which is to be purified.
All of these systems are not same and can be used for different circumstances or depending on your conditions.

So are you interested in getting one of these systems? Then firstly you should get your water sample tested, as this will help to determine the type of system that is more suited to you.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Difference Between #SolarWaterPumping System And Tradition Water System

By: Parkash Singh

Traditionally the water pumping technology of choice has been the wind pump. Wind pumps provide long lasting solutions with a basic technology which is well understood and can be maintained locally. However even wind pumps have become expensive to install and to replace.

Solar water pumps and dc pumps are currently being used to irrigate crops, water livestock, and provide potable drinking water. Solar water pump uses peak solar array output which frequently coincides with high water demand during long, dry summer days. In the event of cloudy weather solar water pump systems often use storage tanks to store excess water. Unlike generator powered water pumping systems, solar water pumps do not require fuel or constant maintenance. Solar water pumps can also be designed for portability to be moved as water demand or change of seasons requires. Solar water pumps cost less to operate, offer modular capability to be quickly expanded as demand increases, unlike a generator or windmill water pumps. Diesel water pumping is attractive due to the large power range of the pumps and the availability of water when it is needed. It can pump water for varying daily demands through longer operating periods (assuming sufficient borehole strength), thus allowing for the flexibility required in some applications. The technology is well understood and service for diesel engines is readily available. Recent fuel price increases and generally intensive maintenance schedules however can make diesel water pumps a costly pumping option. Solar water pumps are often thought of as being an expensive technology, which is not able to pump enough water and which is not durable. However, solar water pumps have come a long way in 25 years and today there are solar pumps on the market which have improved on previous technology.

1: Submersible pumps which can pump up to 200m heads;
2: Pumps that are able to pump larger volumes of water, e.g.: At 100m, about 10,000 liters per day; At 50m, about 20,000 liters per day; Above performance can be doubled through dual systems (if the borehole allows his).
3: Low maintenance requirements (3 to 5 years).
4: Good performance which means fewer solar panels to pump the same amount of Water.
5: Some of the pump models can be backed-up by a genset to pump additional water with the same pump during the night or during overcast days;
6: Good quality and reliability.
7: Simple to install: Furthermore, solar pumps are well known for having the following features:
8: Require minimal attention as they are self-starting;
9: Solar pumps are "good" for boreholes as they pump over the whole day;
10: Weak boreholes can be used effectively with a low volume pump due to pumping 8 to 10 hours a day;
11: In most cases, a solar pump offers an ideal solution to the diesel option which requires operating funds (with uncertainty about future diesel prices), time investment for operating pump (manual starting etc) and logistics for fuel, maintenance, installation and de-installation;
12: Tracking arrays can be used to increase daily water pumping rates;
13: Solar pumps offer clean solutions with no danger of borehole contamination. Theft of solar photovoltaic panels is a problem and one needs to look at counter measures if there is a risk of theft. Refer to web links below for more information.