What is a Well Pump?
Especially if you live in the city, you might not know what a well pump is or what it does for you. Well pumps extract water from a water well in the ground to provide your home with drinking water. A pressure tank works with the pump to even out the water pressure throughout your home. Water well pumps come in different types. Some are above ground, others are below the ground.
Jet pumps usually work with a pressure tank to pump water through a pipe, sometimes two. These pumps are found above ground, or sometimes in basements. Shallow well jet pumps only use one pipe and deep well jet pumps use two. Submersion pumps use a single pipe to pump water into your home, and only pumps water when needed.
So, How Do You Know What Size Pump You Need?
Well pumps also come in different sizes. Your pump will have an identification plate that will have the horsepower listed. More horsepower in a well pump means the pump will run less often and last longer. It’s possible though to have too much horsepower for a job though, so consider that when thinking about moving up to the next size pump.
So, how do you know what size pump you need? You choose a pump based on the well’s depth. For a well that is less than 25’ you use a shallow well jet pump, wells that are 25-110’ you should use a deep well jet pump, and anything 25-400’ you can use a submersible pump. To calculate how many gallons per minute (GPM) your house would need, calculate the number of water fixtures in the kitchen, bathrooms, and outdoors (include sinks, showers, dishwashers, refrigerators, clothes washer, or any other appliance that uses water.) The number of fixtures in your house is the GPM. Multiply the GPM by 60 and you have the answer for what size well pump you need.
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