One of the primary reasons you chose to install a well in your country home is to ensure you have a reliable water supply. But like other water resources, your well water can dry up if you fail to manage it properly or due to natural causes.
Often, wells run out of water temporarily, and there are reasons this issue occurs. Keep reading to know some possible reasons why your well is drying up and what to do when facing this problem.
Lack of Rain
When you have a constant supply of water in your country home, you rarely think about the rains because you have enough water for household and farm use. However, the water your well supplies come from a source, and when there’s no replenishment, it will start to dry out.
Whenever you experience a long dry season or don’t get other forms of precipitation, the water that gets to the underground system will reduce significantly. This will, in turn, affect the well’s water supply, especially if the source of your well is linked with your area’s precipitation patterns.
Recent Geological Activities
Most wells you will find today rely on underground aquifers to provide water constantly for years. Some aquifers aren’t far from the earth’s surface, but others are hundreds of feet away. When geological activities like volcanoes, landslides, and earthquakes occur, water accessibility locations may change, causing your well to dry up.
If you realize your well is drying up after a recent geological activity, get a professional to confirm if the water source is compromised. If so, the professional will offer a reliable solution to your problem, including digging another well or digging deeper to find another aquifer.
Higher Water Demand
Every well produces water at a specific speed, and you might not notice any issue if your water requirements are below the average production levels. However, if your water usage increases, maybe because of a new project or more connections, the well may run out of water.
Before you increase your water usage or allow your neighbor to draw water from your well, confirm if the water output is enough to meet your new requirements. If you don’t check the output, you will likely face a water shortage due to high usage.
Lack of Underground Water Replenishment
Even if your area is getting adequate rain, the amount of water that gets to the underground sources will determine if your well’s production remains steady throughout the year. This is the water that recharges the aquifers.
Factors like soil type, wind, evaporation rate, and temperatures determine if the underground water sources get enough replenishment. If the underground water refill process is slow, the well might not produce as much water as it does, which could be why it’s drying out.
Water Table Level Changes
The underground water tables fluctuate naturally from one season to another. This is why a well may have more water in one season and little or no water in another season. People with shallow wells have a higher risk of having water shortages when water table levels reduce since such wells get water from the surface aquifers that recharge via precipitation.
If you’d like to increase your well’s water yield, you may need to drill your well deeper. The probability of finding a larger aquifer increases as you go deeper into the surface. You may also increase the water production rates through hydrofracking, a procedure for creating new pathways to direct more water to your well.
At First Class Plumbing, we can help you determine why your well is drying up and provide a lasting solution to ensure you don’t face water shortage issues in your country residence. Call us today for a consultation or to book an appointment.