What Kind of Water Well Pump Do You Need?

There is a wide range of benefits to having a well water pump system instead of relying on a municipal water supply. The biggest of these benefits is undoubtedly having your own water source and not paying incredibly high bills for using the mains supply of water.

If you are in the process of renovating your home or building a new property or simply discover you need to replace the existing well pump, you may be at a loss as to which you should invest. In the following post, we are going to look at this subject in a bit of detail to help you come to the right decision.

Understanding the Different Types of Well Pumps

  • Manual Pump – manual pumps are usually only a good thing to have in temporary or emergency situations. The positives of these kinds of well pumps are that they are easy to install and detach from your well, inexpensive, and lightweight.
  • Air-Driven Pump – Sometimes referred to as pneumatic pumps, these are powered by air, as the name suggests, rather than electricity. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? It’s important to realize, however, that they are normally used in non-domestic settings such as commercial or industrial properties.
  • Solar-Powered Pump – The biggest selling point of solar-powered pumps is probably very obvious – they are more energy-efficient and cost-effective than electrical options because they don’t need traditional electricity to power them. In terms of upfront costs, however, they are more on the expensive side, so you need to look at them as being a long-term investment that will save you money further down the line.
  • Submersible pump – a submersible pump is a deep-well option that is placed inside it and it pushes the water up through your pipework and around your home.
  • Jet pump – as the name suggests, these types of medium-depth well pumps use impellers and suction to pull, rather than push, the water from your well.
  • Centrifugal pump – it should be noted that these are only suitable for shallow wells, but these types use centrifugal force (like that found in your toiler when you flush it) to force the water up from the well into your pipework and around your home. a major benefit of these types of pumps is that they are known to last a long time when properly maintained.

Depth of your Well

Now that we have looked at the variety of well pumps available on the market, it is time to highlight the most important factor when it comes to choosing the right one for your well – your well’s depth. Generally, if you have a well that has a depth of less than 25-feet, a shallow well jet pump or even centrifugal pump is the best option. However, if it is between 25 and 110-feet deep, a deep-well jet pump is what you should be aiming for.

For much deeper wells, you should consider investing in a submersible pump.

Having the above information at your disposal is good, but really if you want to make the best decision, you should hire reputable well pump plumbers to come out and take a look at your existing well or assess the kind of system you would like in place.


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