Can the Summer Heat Affect My Well Water System?

Heatwaves have been at the forefront of the news this summer. These scorching stretches put us to the test; in extreme cases, they can be detrimental to our health. The same principles apply to your well water system, so an evaluation by our team at Greco & Haines may be warranted.

Here are some of the issues that can arise during heavy-duty summertime heat:

Impacts of Drought on Well Level

Prolonged periods of dry weather can lower the water table to the point where wells run dry. This situation may or may not be reversible, depending on aquifer movement and your own well and pump setup.

We recently tackled this specific subject in its very own article at the Greco & Haines Learning Center, so we urge you to check it out to learn more!

Hot Weather & Water Pipes

Many people know about the potential for cracked pipes in wintertime due to freeze-ups and ice expansion. What’s less widely understood is that extreme heat can also rupture pipes, especially when there’s already a weak or compromised point somewhere along the line.

Pipes expand in hot weather, and sometimes this expansion leads to a full burst. If there are already cracks or loose connections, a broken pipe due to major heat is all the more likely.

A related issue may arise if a pipe becomes damaged due to extremely high temperatures. The resulting leak may foster increased growth in nearby tree or shrub roots, which may well be extra thirsty, given the weather. This may then penetrate the breached pipe and create more damage.

Hot Weather & Water Pressure

One result, and often a clear symptom, of pipes ruptured by high temperatures may be decreasing water pressure due to the subsequent leak(s). Of course, there are many reasons why you may be suddenly experiencing low water pressure in the house, but a leak should always be suspected.

Increased Summertime Demand on Your Well System

Another stress factor that can come into play during an extended heatwave is the increased demand on your well water system. There’s a good chance you’re doing a lot more watering of your lawn and garden in such weather, and possibly having to use unusually large amounts of water to keep normally resilient trees and other well-established plants healthy.

On top of this, summer is when there can be all-around higher levels of water demand in your household. Maybe the kids are home from school or there is an increased need for drinking water, and there’s a lot more used on a daily basis.

The increased demand may end up taxing parts of your well system that were already failing. A long stretch of unrelentingly hot, dry weather may be all that it takes to put a declining well pump or malfunctioning pressure switch over the edge.

Turn to Greco & Haines for Well System Maintenance, Repairs, and Inspections

If you suspect that your pipes or another part of your well water system have been damaged or strained by a summer heatwave, reach out to your trusted Connecticut well water company, Greco & Haines!

Maybe you’re noticing low water pressure or you’re seeing sudden green growth on a patch of lawn, suggesting a leak in your well system. Or perhaps you’re worried about your well pump. Whatever the suspected issue, our team can diagnose it and implement a repair, if necessary.

If you haven’t had your well inspected in more than a year, a hot spell in summer may be a good excuse to do so. Annual professional evaluations on the entire well water pump and filtration system are important, as they not only identify actual damage, but also worn-out bearings, clogged filters, and other declining components that could result in expensive repairs down the line.

Here at Greco & Haines, we serve customers all across the state of Connecticut, and carry out this work seven days a week and 365 days a year, with no extra charge for holiday or weekend jobs. Our expert services include comprehensive well system checkups and routine maintenance: the kind of stuff that’s easy to neglect, but can save you a lot of headaches and money in the long run.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you’re concerned about anything related to your well system. In business since 1963, we’ve seen everything. We’ve got the skills, resources, and knowledge to handle any problem you might have.Give us a call at 203-735-9308, 203-777-2256, or — toll-free from any Connecticut area code — 1-800-922-2958, or write us here at the website via our online contact form. And meanwhile: Stay cool and stay hydrated!