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When your home has a private well, you should understand the basics of your pump system. The well pump brings the water into your home, but the well tank controls the pressure. Having a basic knowledge of the well tank can help you troubleshoot problems before you call your plumber. The well tank is generally in a closet in your home. One side is connected to the well pump, while the other is connected to the cold water main in your house. It’s a vital part of the system, not only providing water pressure but in keeping water and air separate in the tank, which prevents the well pump from burning out from over-cycling and requiring well tank repair.

Inside the Well Tank

Within the well tank are two bladders. The upper bladder holds air and it is completely sealed. The bottom bladder is for the water. As water comes into the tank, it pushes up on the bladder of air. This pressurizes the tank as the air pressure builds. On the outside of the tank, there is a switch that measures the pressure within the tank. When it reaches a certain amount, generally 60 psi, the switch cuts off the water into the tank. No more water comes into the tank until the pressure changes.

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When someone turns on the water inside the house, water comes out of the well tank which relieves the pressure in the tank. As the water decreases in the tank, the pressure drops. When the pressure reaches a designated mark, 40 psi, the pressure switch turns back on and pumps more water into the tank. When you shut off the water in the house, the pump keeps pumping water into the tank until the pressure is back at 60 psi.

Well Tank Problems

If the air bladder in the well tank ruptures, there’s no way for the pressure to reach 60 psi as the well tank fills. This means that the pump turns on whenever someone turns on the faucet. In turn, the pump motor now cycles on more often, which results in a shorter pump life. If you’re having water pressure issues, your plumber should be called to provide well tank repair before the motor wears out. Certain conditions can change the efficiency of your well tank. If your home is experiencing low yield or there’s been a drought in the area, it’s worth talking to your plumber about the pressure tank to see if you should upgrade.

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Goodman Plumbing is a second generation company that has over 6 decades of experience and outstanding growth. Recognized as one of the best plumbing companies in the Delaware Valley, Goodman Plumbing’s achievements are the result of our family values that are part of every project no matter how large or small. This is why it is extremely important to us that we treat our customers like family. So if you need sewer line repair, toilet repair, well service or even water damage restoration contact us today and schedule your next appointment!  Serving Abington, Willow Grove, Horsham, Fort Washington, Feasterville Trevose, Langhorne, Yardley, Newtown, Richboro, Warrington, Doylestown, New Hope, Chalfont, Lansdale, King of Prussia, Wayne, Havertown, Springfield and surrounding!

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