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Well Pump Keeps Running? No Pressure – but it’s Probably Your Well Pressure Tank

“It seems like our well pump is running all the time.”


If this resembles your water system, there’s a technical description for it: “short cycling.” No sooner does the pump stop going, than it starts up all over. It’s desperately trying to maintain pressure within the system.


Why? The well pressure tank, which holds water drawn from the well prior to use, has an issue. The exact issue depends on the type of water pressure tank.


Most likely it’s “waterlogging,” which happens in a bladder tank. These well pressure tanks, the most common model, store water in a bladder inside their metal shells. Surrounding air presses on the balloon, keeping the water under pressure.


All is well until the bladder springs a leak … and the air pocket fills with water. Bye-bye, water pressure.


Homeowners in Waukesha County, it’s time to replace the tank … which means a call to Kelly James Service, the well water pressure tank specialists in Waukesha County. They’ll put in a new pressure tank the same day, and halt your well pump’s endless short-cycling.


Air spitting from faucets? It’s another symptom of a broken bladder. If the problem isn’t already serious, it soon will be.


Not all Waukesha County houses with well water systems have bladder tanks. Some use an air volume control tank, a component of the well’s vertical in-ground pipe. The system employs bleeders, which allow a modulated amount of water into the pipe. The water creates an air pocket, which generates pressure when the pump cycles to push in more water.


Problems begin when these bleeders become stopped up over time, reducing the starting water level in the pipe. With less water, pressure in the system drops. The pump cycles in a nonstop effort to provide additional water to maintain adequate pressure, and keep the system working.


A third type of well water pressure tank is made of galvanized metal, which annually. Usually found in older homes, these tanks eventually leak. Like an air volume control tank, the well pump runs near-constantly to sustain pressure as the internal water level goes down.


Galvanized and air volume control tanks can also suffer from mineral buildups. These impede water flow from the tank into the home. Low water pressure results. Again, replacement is the only viable option.


Waukesha County residents: Tired of listening to your well pump run nonstop? Let Kelly James Service bring back the peace – not to mention water pressure – that you value. You’ll be amazed how short a time it takes them to stop your pump’s short-cycling.

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