The good tank is a vital part of your home’s plumbing system. It stores water until you need it, then releases it into your house through your faucets. If the pressure inside your good tank drops too low, you might experience problems such as leaks or slow flow.
You should check your well-tank pressure every month because it can change over time. This article explains how to check and adjust your good tank pressure.
If you have an automatic well-water pump installed in your home, you can easily check your well tank pressure by looking at the gauge on the back of the pump. You can also use a hand-held pressure tester to test the pressure in your well tank.
To check your well tank pressure with a pressure tester:
1. Turn off all water valves that are connected to your well tank.
2. Open the valve that connects your well tank to your house.
3. Turn on the pressure tester.
4. Wait for 10 minutes before checking the pressure.
5. Close the valve after testing.
6. Repeat steps 2–5 if necessary.
7. Record the results.
8. Check the pressure again in 30 days.
9. Continue this process once per year.
10. Contact your local plumber about any issues you find.
A well tank works like a reservoir. When you turn on your tap, the water flows from your well tank into your house. As long as there is enough pressure in your well tank, your taps will run smoothly. However, if the pressure in your well drops too low, water may leak out of your pipes.
It is important to keep your well tank full so that it has sufficient pressure. If your well tank runs dry, your water supply could be cut off. In addition, you may not get enough water pressure when using your shower or washing dishes.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that your well tank be set at 12 psi (pounds per square inch). This level of pressure keeps your water flowing freely without causing damage to your pipes.
It is best to maintain a constant pressure in your well tank throughout the day. For example, if you live near a lake, you might want to increase the pressure during the summer months when more people are using their showers and toilets. Conversely, you might lower the pressure during winter months when fewer people are using hot water.
Checking your well tank pressure monthly is recommended. If you notice any changes in your well tank pressure, contact your local plumber right away.
It is important for homeowners to know what they can expect from their well tank. A properly functioning well tank provides safe, reliable service.
Use a pressure tester to measure the pressure in your well. You can purchase a pressure tester at most hardware stores.
Turn on your well tank and open the valve that connects your house to your well. Then, close the valve and wait for 10 minutes.
Turn on your pressure tester. The instrument will indicate whether the pressure in your well is high or low.
Record the results.
Close the valve and repeat steps 1–4 if necessary.
Check the pressure again in 6 months.
Contact your local plumber if you need help adjusting your well tank pressure.
You can adjust the pressure in your well by turning off the main water valve and opening each individual faucet.
1. Turn off the main water valve.
2. Open each faucet one at a time until you reach the desired pressure. Close each faucet after use.
3. Repeat steps 1–2 if necessary.
4. Close the main water valve. How do I adjust the pressure settings of my toilet and sink?
To adjust the pressure settings of your toilet and sink, follow these steps:
1. Turn off all valves except the cold-water shutoff valve.
2. Turn on the cold-water shut-off valve.
3. Open the flush handle on the toilet.
4. Close the flush handle.
5. Open the drain cock on the sink.
6. Close the drain cock.
7. Turn on the cold water.
8. Close the cold-water shut off valve.
If you suspect a problem with your well tank, call your local plumber immediately. Plumbers can inspect your well tank and provide advice about how to repair it. They also can recommend an alternative solution such as installing a new well tank.
The cut-in pressure is the minimum amount of pressure needed to keep your well pump working. When you turn on your well pump, it begins pumping water into your well tank. As long as there is enough pressure in your well, your well pump continues to work.
When you first connect your well to your home, the cut-in pressure may be higher than normal. This occurs because the well has not been used for some time. To determine your cut-in pressure, turn on your well pump and leave it running for 30 minutes.
During this period, the well pump should continue to operate without interruption. If the well pump stops operating, then the cut-in pressure is too low.
If you find that your well pump does not run when you turn on your well, the cut-in level is too low. To increase the cut-in pressure, add more gravel to your well.
Gravel is added to wells to prevent sand from entering the well. Sand enters the well through cracks in the ground around the well.
After adding gravel to your well, check the level of water in your well tank. If the water is still full, then no additional gravel was required. However, if the level of water in the well tank is very low, then more gravel needs to be added.
Before using your well pump, check the pressure in your well tank. The pressure should be between 10 and 15 pounds per square inch (psi). If the pressure is lower than 10 psi, add more gravel to raise the pressure.
You can adjust the pressure in the well tank by adjusting the flow rate of the well pump. A flow rate adjustment allows you to control the amount of water pumped into your well.
Well tanks are important parts of any well system. You need to maintain them properly so they will last many years. Contact your local plumbing company to schedule regular maintenance checks.