It's Down To A Trickle: How To Tell If Your Well Is Running Dry

24 November 2017
 Categories: Business, Blog


If you've had your well for a while, it might be time for it to start running dry, especially if you live in a populated area. Wells don't last as long as they used to. In fact, if your family has grown, or you've added an extra bathroom to your home, it might run dry long before you expect it to. Luckily, wells usually start showing a few signs before they run completely dry. You just need to know what you're looking for. If you own a well, it's important that you understand the signs that could be trying warn you that you're about to run out of water. Here are the three most important signs you should be on the lookout for. If you recognize any of these signs, you need to start planning for a new well.

Water is Sputtering from the Faucet

If your well is starting to run dry, you may notice some sputtering coming from your faucets. That sputtering is a sign that there's too much air in the well. Unfortunately, the air buildup is a result of an emptying tank. As the well runs dry, you'll have more air, and less water, which will result in the sputtering. If you've got sputtering in one faucet, let the water flow for a few minutes to clear the air out of the pipes. If you've got sputtering from all your faucets, your well is running dry.

Water is Cloudy or Filled with Sediment

When your well is working properly, your water will be clear and free of sediment. However, once the water level begins to decrease, you'll begin to notice cloudier water. You'll also notice more sediment in the water. That's because your well is no longer pumping from an abundant supply of water. Instead, it's trying to pump water from the mud and sediment at the bottom of the water table. If your well is giving you cloudy, mud-filled water, it's probably running dry.

Water Doesn't Come Through as Quickly

If you need to turn your faucet on and off several times before water flows through, or the water is flowing at a slow trickle, you're probably looking at a dry well. That's because your pump is working overtime to pull water out of a depleted system. If you don't take steps to have a new well drilled soon, you could be looking at a home without a fresh water supply.

Contact a company, like Robinson Water Well  for more help.