Three Reasons Why You Should Not Attempt To Install A Deep Well Pump On Your Own
Deep well pumps are designed to pull and push water up from deep within the deepest of wells. Generally, these pumps can last a very long time, sometimes outlasting even the pipes and hoses that connect them to your home's plumbing and water supply lines. When you finally need to replace your submersible deep well pump, you should not attempt to do it on your own unless you have both electrical and plumbing experience. Here are three solid reasons why installing your new pump on your own is not a good idea.
1. Electrical Wiring Involved Is More Complicated and Dangerous Than You Think
Think about it for a second. You are installing an object which will require electricity to operate and which is submerged in water. Water conducts electricity, and without the proper wiring you could send electrified water straight into your home if you use nothing but metal pipe to attach the pump to your home's plumbing. If you manage not to electrocute yourself during the installation, you may be in for quite a surprise the first time you turn on your metal tap with electrified water. Now you have both metal and water conducting electricity.
Your pump requires several wires, including at least one wire to "ground" the power so that the electricity cannot travel through the water and into your house. The wires have to connect to your home's electrical box too, which could create quite the circuit if your pump's wires are not grounded. It is best to leave this part of the job up to an electrician.
2. Getting the Pump Into Your Well and Making Sure It Reaches Bottom Is an Art Form
Although these well pumps are submersible, they are not exceptionally heavy. They will not sink to the bottom of your well simply by dropping the pump into the well by itself. The pump has to be lowered carefully and maneuvered into position so that it is down underneath the surface of the water in your well but is also standing upright and not tipped over or floating on its side. It is a tedious and careful process that even the professionals take their time to complete. If you have never installed a well pump before, get a professional to help you learn the process and help guide your new pump into the correct position.
3. You Need to Know How Much Hose/Pipeline You Need to Attach to the Pump Before You Submerge It
This is not a guesswork situation. Precision is a must when you attach all of the hose or pipelines to your pump. If you do not have adequate hose or pipes, the pump will not reach the bottom and you will have to redo this entire process when you suddenly have no water in the house (but your well has not gone dry yet). If you do not know how to measure for the correct amount of pipes and/or hose, hire a professional deep well pump contractor to do the installation correctly the first time.