It is smart to only dig your well as deep as you have to if you want to cut down on costs and avoid disrupting the land on your property. However, a well that is not deep enough can cause problems, too. If your well is not deep enough, you might find yourself with a limited water supply, or the well might eventually go dry completely. These are a few signs that you may need to dig a deeper well.
1. Your Neighbors Have Had Problems
If your neighbors rely on wells for their families' drinking water too and have been complaining about their well not being able to pump enough water, you may find yourself dealing with trouble soon, too. Now might be a good time to hire a professional to come out and determine if you will need a deeper well. Then, you may be able to take care of the problem before you start dealing with the same issues that your neighbors are dealing with.
2. Your Water is Dirty
If you are accustomed to getting clear, clean, fresh water out of your faucets, you probably will not be very pleased if you find muddy water coming out of the faucets in your home. However, if you do notice this, it could be a sign that your well is not deep enough. When your well is attempting to pump water, but that water is running low, mud can be pulled through the well. Not only is this unacceptable if your family depends on the water for drinking, bathing and cleaning, but it also can be bad for your well pump.
3. Your Water is Sputtering
If you ever deal with "sputtering" when turning on the water, that sputtering could point to a few potential problems. For one thing, there could be an issue with your well pump not actually doing its job properly. If there is nothing wrong with your well pump, however, this problem could be caused by a lack of groundwater. Basically, the "sputtering" is caused by air pockets, which are created when there isn't enough water being pumped through your pipes.
As you can see, there are a few signs that you can look for to determine if you need to dig a deeper well. Work with a contractor like Modern Pump & Equipment for more information about what is causing problems with your well.