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Well, Well, Well (Pump)... What Do We Have Here?


Spring is a time for getting out of the house! It's a time for taking a walk, and maybe even admiring a garden or a flower bed while you're at it. Whatever you decide to do on your spring days, it's a time to put away those chunky winter coats (at least until next year). If you do decide to visit a garden, you may notice that there is a wide variety of flowers there.

Just as there is a variety of flowers, there are also a variety of sump pump types to supply the water for all those flowers. Let's take a look at a few different kinds of well pumps, and what kinds of wells they work best for.

Jet Pumps Were Made For Shallow Wells

For shallow wells, less than twenty-five feet deep, the best option for pumping water out is to install a jet pump.

The jet pump is housed outside the well and uses atmospheric pressure to create a vacuum inside the pipe in order to suck the water out (as with a straw).

Submersible pumps, which sit under the waterline in the well, are not suitable for shallow wells as shallow wells can expose them to more silt, dirt, and other things that can clog up the pump.

Jet Pumps May Also be a Match For (Some) Deep Wells

If your well is deeper than twenty-five feet, there's no need to panic. You can still install a jet pump, though they are not always the most effective option for pumping water from a well that deep.

In order to use a jet pump in a deeper well, the pump's jet first needs to be separated from the motor and impeller housing and placed into the well.

In this case, one pipe is installed to drive water into the jet from the impeller. Then another pipe carries the water to your home.

Really Deep Wells Require a Submersible Pump

While submersible pumps are not recommended for shallow wells, they are a great option for deep wells. To begin with, submersible pumps move water out of the well and into your home rather than depending on suction to lift your water out of the well.

Finally, the biggest plus to installing a submersible well pump is that they can last anywhere from twenty to twenty-five years without needing to be serviced. While you get ready to enjoy the spring season, think about all the opportunities this season has to offer.

Think of the variety of colors and smells a lovely spring day brings. You wouldn't walk by a flower bed and point to the first flower you see and say "That's the prettiest, nicest smelling flower in the whole garden! That's the one I want."

No, you would walk around the garden and take in all the options. You should treat your well pump shopping in the same way. To learn more about different kinds of well pumps and their functions, give Knight Plumbing Inc. in Milwaukee, WI a call today at (414) 420-0625.