With well drilling becoming the new cool trend, it’s absolutely vital to get the right well pump for the well you are digging. Keep reading for our top tips on sizing your pump for your specific needs.
Know what you need from your well pump.
The well pump itself is responsible for pulling the well water up into your house or at least to ground level. If you’re looking at adding the pump to your home, you should also look at investing in a pressure tank to keep your water pressure steady and reduce load on the pump. If your pump is undersized, however, you will have difficulties. Firstly, it helps to know what pump is currently installed. Visible pumps, such as those found in basements, tend to be jet pumps and will definitely need a pressure tank. Two pipes on this type of well pump indicate a deep well jet pump, with only one making it more suitable for shallow wells. Single pipe well pumps can also be submersible pumps. These are installed near the bottom of the well and work only on demand. These generally come in two and three wire styles, with the three wire requiring a separate control panel. You will usually be able to determine the HP of your pump by means of an identification plate that should be attached. However, for submersible pumps you will need to either raise the well pump or consult the paperwork that came with it. The more power the pump has, the longer it will last and the less it will run- within reason. Don’t over-power your pump as it’s a waste to have too much power for the job.
How do I know if my pump is over-powered?
When the well drilling was completed, you should have received a report stating the depth of the well. Of course, if this document was never given to you, you can manually measure the depth by means of a small fishing float and some string. Wells of less than 25′ don’t need more than a shallow well jet pump, where those under 110′ will need a deep well jet pump and deeper wells will need a submersible pump. Of course, you can opt to have submersible pumps in shallower wells if you desire. For most standard domestic uses, an 8-12 GPM pump will be suitable. You can be more precise if you desire and work by numbers of fixtures. As a rule of thumb, each fixture will require one GPM of flow from the well water.
Armed with these two vital sets of statistics, you will be better placed to decide between both the many types of well pump available on the market today as well as choose the right flow rate and HP for your needs. Remember that it is always better to slightly over-power your pump, but don’t take it to the extremes. Now, what are you waiting for- the perfect deep well pump for you is out there!
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