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Well Pump Installation in Gaithersburg, MD

If you just relocated to Darnestown, Olney, Laytonsville or another rural area near Gaithersburg, you may not have access to the municipal water supply. To enjoy indoor plumbing, you may need to get your water from a well instead. Of course, this requires a well pump.

Do you need to have a well pump installed? Call James A. Wheat & Sons at 240-399-5051 for well pump installation today!

Different kinds of well pumps

They type of well you have and your personal preference determines the kind of pump you need.

  • A submersible pump—the most common kind used in 60% of homes that draw water from a well—is installed inside the well itself. It can be used in either shallow or deep wells and only pumps water into the home when needed.
  • A shallow jet pump is often used in combination with a pressure tank. It uses a single pipe to draw up water from about 25 feet underground.
  • A deep jet pump is also often combined with a pressure tank. It uses a two-pipe system to draw water from more than 100 feet deep.
  • A centrifugal pump consists of a single pipe inserted into a water column usually no more than 25 feet deep. The pump sucks water from the ground and up into the home.

How to size a well pump

Sizing a well pump properly is important to ensure your water needs are met today and well into the future. The average household requires a flow rate of six to 12 gallons per minute. While it’s best to leave the well pump sizing process to a professional, it’s helpful to have a general idea of how sizing works.

One rule-of-thumb method is to size the well pump based on the number of water fixtures you have inside and outside your home. The number of fixtures should be equal to the well pump’s capacity in gallons per minute. This means if you have a total of 10 kitchen, bathroom and outdoor faucets, toilets, showerheads, and water appliances, your water pump should be able to deliver 10 gallons of water per minute.

A more accurate method is to size a wall pump based on peak demand. This involves figuring out the flow rate your family ever consumes simultaneously, which will most likely take place in the morning when everyone is getting ready for the day or in the evening when everyone returns home.

Water pressure must also be taken into account. The well pump must be able to achieve adequate pressure to force water through the pipes to faucets and other outlets on the highest floor of the home, even when other outlets are in use.

The goal is to install a well pump capable of drawing up water at a higher rate than the household can consume it. After all, if peak demand exceeds the well pump’s capacity, water pressure will suffer. If your household’s water needs exceed the available water in the well, you may also need to look into having an additional water storage tank installed.

Different well pumps have different pros and cons, including reliability, capacity, price, and the amount of space needed for the installation. By working with a qualified professional, you can make the best decision for your household’s water needs and your budget.

Contact James A. Wheat & Sons online or by phone at 240-399-5051 to receive a quote for well pump installation.