Increase the Lifespan of Your Well Pump with Proper Pressure Tank Care

Increase the Lifespan of Your Well Pump with Proper Pressure Tank Care

Increase the Lifespan of Your Well Pump with Proper Pressure Tank Care

If you have a water well system providing water to your home or business, you may not be aware of the importance of the pressure tank. In short, the pressure tank takes most of the work off of the submerged water pump within your well. It does this by holding water in place for immediate use by your household, thereby minimizing how frequently the well pump has to turn on. Since replacing a pressure tank is far easier and far less expensive than replacing a well pump, you certainly want the pressure tank to deal with the bulk of that stress rather than your pump.

Understanding Your Pressure Tank

In most cases, a pressure tank contains a “bladder” that is responsible for regulating the pressure and water in the tank. It also assists with pushing the water through the pipes within your home whenever you turn on a faucet or use an appliance that utilizes water. If the bladder ruptures, the water will rush into the bladder, causing the pressure to decrease. As a result, the water pump will turn on and off more frequently or it may turn on and off on an inconsistent basis. The inconsistent, rapid cycling of the pump will decrease the lifespan of the pump, resulting in costly repairs that could have otherwise been avoided. 

Checking Your Pressure Tank

To avoid these issues, it is best to check your pressure tank on a regular basis. One way to do this is to follow these steps:

  • Stand by the pressure tank with a stopwatch.
  • Locate the pressure tank gauge at the bottom of the tank. It should have a psi meter that fluctuates between 5 to 10 psi. 
  • Have a helper turn on the nearest faucet as you observe the pressure gauge.
  • Start the time when the gauge hits the lowest setting.
  • Stop the timer when it hits the high setting.
  • Take note of how long it took for the gauge to reach the high setting. 

If it took less than one minute for the gauge to reach the high setting, there is a problem with your pressure tank. If you have identified such a problem, contact Pump Service Idaho today to make the repairs you need!

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