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Well Water Pressure Drop
The Home Wizard app calculates your ideal home care program to avoid problems with your Well Water, but sometimes trouble can still occur. Here are answers to questions about well water pressure drop.
QUESTION FROM kevintforster
We have a well pump. Every morning when we use the shower or faucets for the first time that day, the water pressure drops and sounds as if air is in the lines. It only happens for a short time.
ANSWER FROM HOME-WIZARD
Since you said that you lose water pressure from your well water system the first time you use it in the morning and that it sounds like there is 'air' in the lines, it makes me think that you may be seeing the effects of methane gas building up in your water supply.
If you had a leak in your plumbing, valves or holding tank, it would likely have entrained air all of the time. But since it sounds like you are seeing the problem only first thing, after not using your system all night, then the suspect may be methane gas that builds up overnight.
A test for this is to turn on a faucet first thing in the morning in a very WELL-VENTILATED room and with a long-stemmed match, try to light the gas that comes out. Air will not burn, but methane will. Be very careful doing this, and if you have any questions about it, leave it to a professional.
To correct excessive gases in a well water system (whether it is methane or any other gas) you may need to consider an aeration system. If you go to www.wqa.org , you should be able to find a certified water specialist in our area who can advise you.
Hope this is helpful.