Emergency Water Well
How to Prime a Water Well Pump

How to Prime a Water Well Pump

Welcome to another Emergency Water Well guide! Today we want to show you how to prime a water well pump. If you run out of water then that means your pump is in trouble, that’s why you have to learn to prime it so the tank fills up and distributes the water.

There are different causes that can cause us to run out of water at home. One of them is the lack of cleanliness of the tank tank. It can also be due to the little use of the house or the pump, if it is uninhabited for a while. It is important to know how to prime a pump when we run out of water.

Before starting to explain how to carry out this process, it is important that you know what water pumps are and how they work.

Well pumps are used to deliver water from a groundwater source to your home. These convertible or shallow jet pumps are not submersible and are generally placed outside in well housing.

Learn How to Prime a Water Well Pump in 4 Steps

A water pump is a machine that allows us to supply from a small house to a large building; but what happens when it doesn’t work properly? If the motor turns without pumping water then it may have air in the suction. In that case you will have to follow this guide and prime your water well pump. Let’s not waste more time, then we are going to list every step of this guide.

Follow these four steps and learn how to prime a water well pump:

  1. You must first unplug the water pump
  2. Loosen the nut on the front of the pump
  3. Fill the water pump slowly
  4. Open a tap to check that the pump is working properly

A well pump uses the pressure of a vacuum to draw water out of the well and direct it into the house supply pipes. Occasionally the pump develops an air bubble causing loss of vacuum, also known as loss of prime. When this happens, it is necessary to prime the well pump. This procedure requires filling the pump body with water.

You Must First Unplug the Water Pump

Turn off the well pump breaker circuit or unplug the power cord. Attach an empty container such as a milk jug to the water faucet closest to the pump. Open the tap to relieve pressure from the pump, let the water fill the container. Turn off the tap once the water flow stops.

This process is very important since you need to work without water flow. Do not continue with the other steps in this guide until you have made sure to disconnect the water pump.

Loosen the Nut on the Front of the Pump

Turn off the well pump breaker circuit or unplug the power cord. Attach an empty container such as a milk jug to the water faucet closest to the pump. Open the tap to relieve pressure from the pump, let the water fill the container. Turn off the tap once the water flow stops.

Priming the pump consists of filling the suction suction pipe and the pump casing with liquid, to facilitate the suction of liquid, avoiding air pockets inside. If you don’t want to run out of water then you better pay attention to this post to learn how to prime a water well pump.

Fill the Water Pump Slowly

Insert a funnel into the main opening and pour water into the opening until the pump body is full. The amount of water required varies. Remove the funnel and screw the priming plug back onto the pump body. Tighten the cap with the wrench.

Do not rush, if you want to get good results then you must be patient. Make sure to fill the water pump slowly, this will help you check that it is working correctly. This is a delicate process, as you must ensure that your pump works properly or your water supply will be affected.

Open a Tap to Check That the Pump Is Working Properly

Restart the water pump. The pump will sound harsh when first started as it is drawing water from the well. It will start making less noise after 45 seconds. If the pump still sounds harsh, cut off the power and prime it again.

Run the water from the faucet closest to the pump for 30 seconds. This cleans the air in the system. Once the water is flowing without interruption, close the tap.