Having a well drilled on your property is an excellent way to get clean, clear water for your home. Drilling the well is not the end of the job though. A well needs a pump and water holding system for it to work. Understanding what you need from your well pump is critical to getting the right one for the job.
Submersible Well Pumps
More and more well companies are using submersible pumps in the wells they drill for clients. The pump is installed at the bottom of the well and pushes the water to the top and into the house where it is stored in the pressure tank until it is needed. When you are dealing with deep wells (over 250-feet deep), the pump can generate the force to push the water up to the surface far more comfortable than trying to use a well with suction to pull it up. Submersible pumps have a long service life and don't need any maintenance under normal conditions, so they are an excellent choice for deep wells.
While not as common as they used to be, there are still some wells that can benefit from a well mounted on the surface. If you have an artesian well that is flowing more water than you can use, a well pump on the surface is a good choice. It does not need to work very hard to fill the pressure tank with water, and it is easy to install next to the tank in the basement of your home. The price of these pumps can be significantly lower than that of the submersible pump, and if one fails, the homeowner can typically change it themselves.
Stronger Pumps For Deeper Wells
If a well is extremely deep, you may have a problem getting the water to the surface. A drilled well more than 500-feet deep may have plenty of water in it, but that is a long way to push the water up from. The pumps used in these wells are more expensive because they must be strong enough to do the job. The horsepower rating of the motor is higher, and the flow rate of the pump has to be more than a standard pump.
Service Contracts for Pumps
If you have your pump installed by a well company, ask about the warranty on the pump and if that covers pulling and replacing the pump if it fails. Because it is a big job, you want to get the best warranty coverage you can on the pump and the work, so any costs do not come out of your pocket.
For more information, reach out to companies like Modern Pump & Equipment.