An Installation And Buyer’s Guide for Shallow Well Pump Owners

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Residential Shallow Well PumpPublished on July 9, 2020

Many homeowners still conjure up the image of a bucket and rope when talking about installing a well. Those days are long gone when we had to rely on them to get fresh water from a well. In recent years, there have been dramatic innovations and advancements in well pump technology. And indeed, there are countless advantages of having your well.

Today, homeowners can explore a wide array of options and features in choosing the right pump for their property. It utilizes centrifugal force to derive water from underground reservoirs and supplies it throughout your home. The right one for your property depends on a wide array of factors. For instance, the depth of your well will be the principal factor in deciding what kind of pump you need.

If you’re wondering how to install a shallow well pump in your home, we have some valuable insight. In this article, we will explore its functionality and walk you through the installation process.

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How Deep Will a Shallow Well Pump Work?

Shallow well pumps are ideal for above-the-ground wells that are less than 25 inches deep. If you’re wondering how to install a shallow well pump, the process is quite simple.  It is a non-submersible pump that gets installed in housing outside the well. When buying this particular variety, be sure to look out for overload protection. It is an instrumental feature that prevents the motor from burnout due to overloading.

The ideal shallow well pump systems come with a booster or tank, which is to boost psi. It will provide you with consistent water pressure throughout the home. If you have a small house, consider buying a pump with a booster.

Single Drop Jet Pumps

They are the ideal shallow well pumps because they are straight forward and require less maintenance. These pumps feature one-way check valves for priming, and the pump resides above the ground. It draws water through a single inlet pipe. Jet pumps are the most widely used pumps for shallow wells and a budget-friendly investment.

These pumps get mounted above the well, and they use suction to draw up the water. They utilize an impeller of a centrifugal pump to generate pressure. The impeller, also known as drive water, causes the water to move through the jet. The jet has constriction to speed up the water movement and generate a vacuum that sucks out additional water. This water gets distributed across the fixtures of your home at high pressure.

Jet pumps allow higher pressure and a sound system that rarely ever requires maintenance or repair. However, the pump needs to be filled with water to ensure its mechanisms as it utilizes water. If you’re wondering how to install a shallow well pump, you’re just about to find out.

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How to Install a Shallow Well Pump?

Installing a shallow well pump is quite simple, and you can undertake the project yourself. However, if you are not handy with tools, it is best to call a professional.

Simple Steps to Follow For Installation

  • To begin the installation, you need to shut off the power supply to the pump. Drain out all the pressure and the liquids from the system, and secure the discharge line. If the line doesn’t seem secure, it can cause severe damages to your property and person.
  • Now, examine the system for damages, weaknesses, and wear and tear.
  • Once you complete the examination, secure the system, and make sure nothing falls into the well. If any particles or materials fall into the well, they can contaminate your water supply, alongside other damages. Be sure to cover the well throughout the installation process.
  • Starting a new shallow well pump for the first time requires some testing and trials. Be sure to sample the water to ensure that it is clear and free of all particles or sand. Once the tests are clear, you can connect it with your home supply.

Necessary Maintenance for Pumps

Now that we have understood how to install a shallow well pump, let’s explore how you can maintain your pump. Be sure to regularly examine your pump by shutting off the power supply and giving it a rest. If you notice any fluctuations in the water supply, be sure to call a professional immediately. It is also essential to keep the wells casing clean and de-cluttered to prevent damages.


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