From our Hendricks County home of more than 30 years, Justin Dorsey Plumbing proudly serves across Central Indiana — including many rural communities and homes reliant on private wells and septic systems for their family’s water treatment needs.
We aren’t scared off by the challenges these systems can pose! Justin Dorsey Plumbing technicians are experienced and highly trained in the common issues homeowners on well water and a septic tank can expect or – with proper maintenance – prevent.
Approximately 40 million Americans have their fresh drinking and bathing water supplied via a domestic well.
More than 15 million homes, most in rural communities, operate on private wells and enjoy the freedom of no monthly bill from a municipality for their water supply. But with that benefit comes some added due diligence to ensure the quality of your water and functionality of your well pump over time.
The EPA recommends annual tests of private well water to check for any elevated levels of E. coli and other bacteria.
If you’re considering purchasing a home on well water, it’s a smart idea to learn as much as possible about the well from the current owners — its capacity and recovery rate, service history and treatment efforts.
Justin Dorsey Plumbing can carefully inspect private wells to check for any leaks, pump problems, or other issues. Without regular inspections, unwanted pollutants could make their way into your water supply, or you could inconveniently lose pressure or your access to water altogether.
Keep an eye out for these private well warning signs. By spotting them early and entrusting your system to Justin Dorsey Plumbing, we can save you the trouble and hassle of being without running water or compromising your family’s health and safety.
Spiking Electricity Bill
One of the first telltale signs something is wrong with your well pump will likely be an unwelcome and seemingly unprovoked jump of your utility bill. Your pump could be running continuously or constantly cycling on and off as it attempts to maintain your home’s water pressure.
Have you turned on the kitchen or bathroom faucet and noticed short spurts of air in the water before it begins flowing normally? If there’s air in your plumbing system regularly, scheduling service for your well pump is a good idea. There could be a failing valve or damaged pipe that needs replaced.
Strange Sights, Sounds, Smells or Taste
Any time you experience a noticeable change in your well water’s taste, smell or appearance, call Justin Dorsey Plumbing. The change may not pose immediate health risks, but it’s better to be safe than sorry and service from our professionals can get your water looking and tasting great again.
If your home’s pipes ever begin making loud humming, groaning or growling sounds, problems could be arising with your well pump and it should be inspected as soon as possible.
Justin Dorsey Plumbing has inspected, serviced, installed and replaced countless private wells throughout Central Indiana, keeping Hoosier families’ water supplies flowing safely and reliably. Whether it’s your well’s pump, electrical wiring, pressure control, filter, tank or any other issue, our technicians can diagnose the problem fast, give honest advice and quickly make high-quality repairs to get your home’s private well water flowing smoothly again.
Septic System and Tank Services
While private wells don’t generally scare off new homeowners, septic systems are one home feature that can make prospective buyers nervous.
But with Justin Dorsey Plumbing on call to service your septic system with tank pumping and other repairs, you have nothing to worry about. Between 20-25% of US homes are on their own septic systems, and many will last as long as 40 years or more if properly maintained.
The most important step homeowners can take to improve the service life and function of their septic tank is regular pumping and maintenance. While the level of home activity, wastewater generated and tank size are important factors in determining how frequently your system should be emptied, a good general rule is most septic tanks should be pumped once every 3-5 years. (Aim for the lower end of that window if you often use a garbage disposal.)
The experts at Justin Dorsey Plumbing can help you determine the optimal pumping schedule to keep your septic system working efficiently. During your service, our technicians can remove the tank’s sludge and scum, inspect for any leaks or cracks, check bacteria levels and test your system’s electrical and mechanical components.
While it isn’t exciting spending hundreds to empty your septic tank, it beats the alternative of spending thousands to uproot your yard and replace it.
Keep a watchful eye out for these warning signs that your septic system needs to be serviced:
- A strong odor of sewage in your yard
- Backed-up toilets or drains that won’t unclog
- Standing water in your yard
- Bright green, spongy grass above the septic tank, especially during dry weather
- Pooling water or muddy soil around your septic system or basement
If you’ve noticed any of the above signs, or it’s been more than three years since your last septic system pumping, call (317) 648-2140 or reach out to Justin Dorsey Plumbing to schedule your service today.