If your home doesn't have access to a municipal water supply, there's a good chance you'll need to rely on well water drawn using a pump. Unless you're building your home brand new, it likely has an existing well pump in place. However, when the time eventually comes to replace the pump, it's important that you know what to look for. After all, there are a variety of different residential well pumps, and not all will be best suited for your home's water needs.
Look at the Existing Type
The first thing you'll want to do is look at the existing type of pump that was installed in your home. There are generally three types of pumps used for residential water supplies: deep well pumps, shallow well pumps, and convertible jet well pumps. Generally, deep well pumps are the ideal option for the average home's water needs, as they have the power needed to draw steady water pressure. However, if your home is on a unsteady water table, then a jet well pump may be your better option.
Consider Changing Needs
If you can stick with the same type of pump that exists in your home, there's a good chance your installation and set-up of the new pump will be relatively simple and straight-forward. Unfortunately, there are many situations where it may be necessary to switch to a different kind of pump, which can in turn create some headaches when it comes to installation.
For example, if you're renovating or expanding upon your home to include a new bathroom, your home's water supply needs will likely be increasing significantly. As a result, your existing size and type of well pump may simply not be large enough to handle the increased capacity demand. You may, for instance, need to upgrade from a shallow well pump to a deep well pump. And since deep well pumps need to be placed very deep below ground, this can create additional work when it comes time to set up and install your new pump. As a result, the cost will likely be higher.
If you're in need of a new well pump, your best bet is probably going to be hiring a professional contractor who specializes in the installation of these pumps. This way, you can ensure that you purchase the right one for your needs and that it is set up properly to avoid future problems.
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