Our water well is vital to the enjoyment of our home or cottage. We often take their smooth functioning for granted. But what happens when we experience problems with our water well? Before calling a well driller, perhaps we need to evaluate water system components. There are many options available for home owners experiencing water well issues that do not require the drilling of a new well.

How Does a Well Work?

A water well is essentially a whole that is dug, drilled, bored or driven into the ground below an aquifer or water table. The aquifer fills the hole with water and then we use a pump to bring the water from the well to our kitchen tap. As wells age, these aquifers can begin to produce slower flow rates; however, the good news is that there are solutions that can remedy this that are more economical than drilling a new well which include hydrofracturing and system set up and design. Hydrofracturing is the use of high pressure water sent back down into your well, opening cracks and seams and stimulating more water flow. At Doyle Plumbing, after careful assessment and if deemed a viable solution, we can provide home owners with this service.

However, in addition to water well hydrofracturing, upon inspection, experienced plumbers will be able to assess other components of your well system and make adjustments that can dramatically impact your water system. In order to better understand some options, let’s discuss the heart of your water well system – the pump.

Types of Well Pumps

There are 2 common types of well pumps. A Jet Pump commonly used for shallow wells. A jet pump is usually located in the basement or crawl space and uses suction to move the water from your well to your tap. The second type is a Submersible Pump. A submersible well pump is a sealed mechanism that is lowered down deep into the well and pushes the water up your well to your tap. The setup of your submersible pump is critical to the functioning of your well as it needs to be installed at the appropriate depth in your well to function optimally. It also needs proper set up and matching based on your well’s flow rates.

How Do I Tell if the Pump is Bad?

4 Common problems that arise from a tired well pump include;

  1. No water flow from faucets
  2. Poor water pressure
  3. Fluctuations in water pressure
  4. Constantly running pump (leading to higher electricity bills)

When you Experience one or more of the above conditions…

You will certainly need the services of a licensed plumber. It might not necessarily be the well pump. Other culprits that need to be considered include the clogged or broken pipes, well failure (no water in the well) or other equipment failures (pressure tank, water heater, water conditioning system). Doyle Plumbing licensed plumbers will inspect all areas of your water source to determine the problem and work efficiently to get your home water source back up and running again.

How do you extend the life of your well and equipment?

The setup of your water well pump and the design of your water well system is absolutely critical to the life of the components. Changes in water tables and water usage can impact this setup and cause demands on your system that were not present at initial setup. Perhaps your home has undergone renovations which has resulted in changes in your water usage?

Drilling a new well costs thousands of dollars and there is uncertainty in the quality/quantity of water the new well will produce? Having an experienced, licensed plumber inspect your system and discuss options BEFORE calling a well driller is the best approach to improving your water well. Not only may it result in immediate improvements in your water well pressure or water quality, but it may result in significant savings over the cost of drilling a new water well.

If you have noticed any changes in your water quality, or you are experiencing fluctuations in your water pressure or perhaps even your well has ‘gone dry’, we welcome your call. Doyle Plumbing is licensed to work on wells by the Ministry of the Environment. We employ licensed plumbers and well technicians who are experienced in water wells and rural water systems. Our trained professionals will be pleased to assist you and help get your water well system functioning again. You can reach our team at 705.740.0505

Not only does a wet basement feel and smell nasty, it poses a great risk to your family’s health, not to mention your home’s value. If left unchecked, a damp basement with high moisture levels can ruin floors, walls, structural components, and encourage mold, rot, and poor indoor air quality. Thanks to a wet spring and cooler than average summer in the Kawarthas, the earth around your house is already saturated. And with predictions for a heavy snowfall this upcoming winter, the spring thaw could result in disastrous wet basement problems. Now is the time to fix your issues before they turn into much bigger problems in the spring!

Fortunately, there are a number of wet basement cures. Depending on your situation, removing moisture from your basement could be an easy fix or you may need to call in the services of a professional. Either way, it’s important to act fast and get to the bottom of what’s causing your wet basement problems before any more damage is caused to your home.

5 ways to keep water out of your basement:

 

Leaves in rain gutter.Clean your eavestrough and unclog downspouts.

Even though your water issues are in the lowest part of your house, the eavestrough may be to blame. Your eavestrough could be overflowing when it rains due to downspouts being clogged up by leaves and other debris. Without a properly functioning eavestrough and downspout, water will pool up right next to your foundation and eventually find it’s way in to your basement.

Leave a dehumidifier on at all times.

If you live in an older home with a stone foundation or have minor dampness that appears along the inside of your foundation, use a dehumidifier to lower humidity levels. This will keep the air dry enough to stop mold from growing. But if you have visible puddles in your basement or reoccurring damp spots, a dehumidifier is only a small part of the fix for a much larger problem.

Reshape the landscape around your foundation.

If your eavestrough and downspouts are properly carrying rain away from your home but water still finds its way into your basement or crawl space, the next logical step is to check the grading of your landscape. Your house should sit on layers of sand and soil that clearly slope down and away from your foundation walls. If you notice the ground is sloping towards your house, water will eventually pool up right beside your foundation and lead to a wet basement or flood. It doesn’t matter how water tight a foundation might be; if water is there long enough it will get in!

Install an interior drain system & sump pump.

Interior drain systems consist of perforated pipe that is installed in the ground around the perimeter of your basement floor. The pipes drain to a collection tank located at the lowest spot of the basement floor. Next, a sump pump system removes all the water out of the house. This is a highly effective way to fix your wet basement issues from the inside of your home. Doyle Plumbing sells and installs industry-leading sump pumps, including battery backup systems that kick in during power outages.

Waterproof the exterior walls.

If your basement is finished and experiencing water issues, you should consider permanently waterproofing your foundation’s exterior. This requires excavating around the perimeter of your house, but it’s likely the best solution if you have a foundation with a number of cracks and gaps. This full-scale exterior waterproofing solution involves excavating to the full depth of your foundation’s walls and installing a membrane or waterproof coating. Drainage panels are also installed that provide an easy path for water to flow towards an exterior drainage system at the bottom of your foundation. The exterior drain collects the water and pushes it away from your property to a storm drain, either by gravity or with the help of sump pump.

 

Solving your wet basement problems is one of the most important things you can do to protect the value of your home and health of your family.

If you have noticed water in your basement and would like a qualified professional to diagnose your wet basement issues before further damage occurs, contact Doyle Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

We have the expertise, equipment, and know-how to identify and get rid of your wet basement problems. Call us to arrange your in-home consultation today!