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How to Prime a Well Pump

If you’ve got a well, chances are you might need to prime your pump at some point. Fortunately, it’s not as daunting of a task as it may seem. To prime your pump, you need to shut off the power source, find the primer, prime it accordingly, and turn the power back on.

There are two types of pumps you might have. One is a convertible jet pump and the other is a shallow well pump, both of which we will explore. Priming your convertible jet pump system is an essential part of ensuring that you have access to clean and safe water from your well all year round – plus there are extra benefits when using DROP products with your shallow well pump!

What Is A Well Water Pump?

A well pump is an essential piece of equipment for many rural homes that depend on well water as their primary source. It’s a mechanical device used to draw up the liquid from within the depths of a well and transport it into your home so you have access to usable water.

There are two main types – submersible well pumps which are installed directly in the well and remain submerged, while convertible jet pumps sit above ground and use suction to do their job. Both require electricity or some form of motor power in order to get them going. Then you read the pressure gauge to make sure the pump has enough power and pressure to do the job.

Why Do I Need A Well Pump?

The answer is simple; if you rely on having fresh drinking water available when needed, then owning a reliable well pump should be one of your top priorities. This handy little machine makes sure there’s always plenty of H2O at hand by transporting it from underground, straight into your home’s plumbing system. Without the water pump priming plug, accessing said resource would be impossible… making life pretty difficult for anyone living with no other options than relying on what comes out of their own backyard!

Why Do I Need To Prime a Convertible or Shallow Well Jet Pump?

Priming your well pump through the prime plug isn’t just a good idea, it’s essential. Jet pumps require suction to draw water from the well and if there is air present in the system or in the suction pipe, then these pumps won’t be able to generate enough power. So, by filling up your pump with water through priming, you can make sure that it will work as efficiently as possible.

On the other hand, submersible pumps don’t need to be primed since they are already submerged in liquid – however, after any kind of installation or maintenance job where draining has occurred on a jet pump model, priming becomes necessary again.

The Steps To Prime a Well Pump

Time needed: 30 minutes

  1. Gather the Necessary Supplies and Equipment

    Before you start priming, get all of your materials in order. You’ll need a garden hose, a bucket or container with water, and some pipe wrenches or pliers.

  2. Shut Off the Power Source

    Safety comes first! Before beginning any project related to your well pump, make sure that you turn off its power source. Disconnect from electrical sources or switch off the circuit breaker – this will help avoid hazardous situations down the line.

  3. Find The Priming Port or Plug Around the Pump Casing

    Locate where the priming port is – usually near its top end with an indication of “Priming” or “Prime”. Use either a pipe wrench or pliers to carefully unscrew it open.

  4. Fill Up The Pump With Water

    Connect one end of your garden hose directly into a reliable water source like an outdoor faucet – then place the other side into the priming port. Fill the pump until H2O flows out from the opening once again.

  5. Re-Secure the Plug

    Now that pumping is done, remove the attached tube before quickly replacing the plug.

  6. Turn the Power On Again

    Reconnect the electricity back onto the good system. Now, complete a test run. You should be able to observe the desired performance right away!

  7. Keep An Eye Out For Future Performance Concerns

    The final step would be keeping track of how the device works over the next few days. Any discrepancies such as inefficiently drawing liquid or a malfunction can always signalize something wrong which needs extra attention, so keep your eyes peeled.

Consider a DROP Pump Controller

DROP Pump Controller Installed

Elevate your well water management with the DROP Pump Controller. This innovative controller monitors water usage and pump diagnostics, providing comprehensive protection for your home. When used with an optional meter, it alerts you of excessive water usage, preventing potential water damage from burst pipes or appliance leaks.

The DROP Pump Controller offers a range of features, including effortless remote control and monitoring, comprehensive pump diagnostics and protection, notifications, automatic pump shut-off, and water usage data access through the DROP App. By incorporating this versatile controller into your well water system, you can optimize your water usage and protect your home from potential water damage, making it a smart investment for any homeowner relying on well water.

Use a Water Softener with Your Well Pump

Living with hard water can be a major hassle. Scale buildup on your pipes, fixtures, and appliances reduces their efficiency, not to mention the dry skin and dull hair it causes as well as its unpleasant taste. Fortunately, there is an easy solution – installing a water softener!

Water softeners are designed to remove excess minerals like calcium and magnesium from your well water before it enters into the plumbing system of your home. Not only does this help reduce common issues associated with hard water, but it also helps extend the life of your well pump by minimizing scale buildup that can cause damage over time.

Say goodbye to unappealing tastes and textures in both everyday tasks such as bathing or washing dishes while keeping long-term costs at bay through improved appliance longevity. Investing in a reliable water softener is one surefire way to make sure you get the most out of your home’s well-water supply.

Benefits of Using a Water Softener for Your Well Water

Using a water softener for your well water offers numerous benefits that can enhance the quality of your home’s water supply and contribute to a more comfortable and efficient living environment. By investing in a water softener, you can address common issues associated with hard water and enjoy the following advantages:

Extended Appliance Lifespan

Hard water can lead to scale buildup in appliances, such as water heaters, dishwashers, and washing machines, reducing their efficiency and lifespan. By using a water softener to remove excess minerals from your well water, you can help prolong the life of your appliances and reduce the need for frequent repairs or replacements.

Improved Water Flow and Pipe Longevity

By taking the initiative to combat hard-water issues, you can prevent scale buildup. This will maximize the longevity of plumbing systems’ pipes, protect your pressure tank, and improve your water pressure and flow.

Better Skin & Hair Health

No one likes dealing with dryness or dullness while showering due to harsh chemicals found in tap water; however, these effects are drastically reduced once filtered through a good softener unit leading to smooth skin & shiny locks!

Enhanced Laundry Results

Struggling against stubborn stains? Hard water hinders laundry detergents from properly dissolving, but installing a softener helps eliminate this issue, giving cleaner results every time without leaving any residues behind on fabric surfaces either!

Improved Water Taste & Clarity

The minerals present in untreated tap water often gives off unpleasant tastes along with murky appearances, but thanks to filters and softeners, they can be removed. This creates a much clearer looking liquid that is pleasingly palatable too!

Use DROP Water Softeners and Pump Controllers for Your Home’s Well

Are you relying on well water for your home? Investing in reliable and effective water treatment solutions is a must. DROP smart water softeners and pump controllers provide everything you need to ensure high quality well water for the whole family. We offer tailored options to best suit your individual needs, from softening hard water issues to advanced filtration systems that eliminate contaminants and impurities.

Our team of experts is here to help guide you through finding the right solution. With DROP’s top-notch products at work, you can trust that your well water won’t be letting any harm into your plumbing system or appliances… all while protecting the overall well-being of everyone under its roof.

Contact us today if we can answer any questions about our product range or how we may be able to assist you further.

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