Boise Well Pumps Service and Sales
For almost 50 years, Burgess Pump has been a leader in the installation, design and maintenance of drinking water / irrigation water well pumping systems throughout the Treasure Valley. Generally, most wells either use a submersible well pump (pump and motor are submersed in the water down the well casing) or a Jet Pump which is similar to a centrifugal irrigation pump, but meant for shallow wells and sit on top of the ground.
Submersible well pumps are the majority of water pumping systems for homes. They can vary in Horsepower ratings from ½ HP up to sometimes 10 HP, but these are rare instances. What most people don’t know is that a well pump is actually made up of 2 different pieces, the motor and pump. In 95% of cases, we change both pieces when replacing someone’s submersible pump simply because one side (the motor or the pump) has the capability of destroying the other side and vice versa. You also receive an extended warranty when both are replaced at one time rather than replacing one side or the other. Some well pumps are controlled with Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s) but most have the standard pressure switch and tank combination. In general terms, there is always a certain amount of pressure built up within your homes piping, anywhere from 50 – 60 PSI (Pounds per square inch). When a demand reduces this pressure, say by opening a faucet, the Pressure / Holding tank (which is also under pressure) supplies water to the house until it loses enough pressure (after it empty’s a certain amount) that the pressure switch senses a decrease below it’s set limit and in turn, switches the power on to the pump. The pump then starts supplying water to meet the demand and when that demand is met, it fills the pressure tank back up until the pressure of the system reaches the upper limit of the pressure switch which triggers the switch to turn the system off. It’s a tried and true system which has been in use for decades. A VFD system uses an electronic drive to control the electricity supplied to the pumps motor and senses pressure through the use of a pressure transmitter or “transducer” that is connected to the homes plumbing. With the use of a drive, pressure changes are handled by speeding up the pumps motor or slowing it down depending on the demand which gives you a more constant pressure, hence the term, “Constant Pressure System”. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of systems. Call us and we’d be happy to explain the pro’s and con’s of each and help you choose the right system for you.
Jet Pumps mimic centrifugal/irrigation pumps but they differ in that they create a larger amount of pressure (enough for household use) using a venturi. Jet pumps need priming and cannot draw water from depths lower than about 30ft. from the surface. This is why they are referenced as being for “shallow wells” only. Here in Idaho, many areas have water tables as high as a few feet and some have “Flowing or Artesian” wells where the water has pressure directly from the e
arth and will flow water over the top of a well casing if not stopped using a well seal. The main advantage to using a Jet pump is cost. They are typically less expensive to install and replace but they also come with a host of drawbacks. They can only produce 12-15 gallons per minute of water at the most and they only go up to 1-1/2 HP. Jet pumps can be prone to freezing since they exist above ground so they must be kept warm enough and pass enough water through them in the winter to prevent a total shut down.
At Burgess Pump, customer service is our top priority. It has always been our philosophy that homeowner’s without drinking water take priority over irrigation or waterfall concerns. If you have an issue where you have no water to your home, give us a call and we’ll give you top priority and get you “taken care of” as soon as possible. Many “No Water” calls are simple fixes, not the need for a new pump like others may have you believe. We won’t sell you something you don’t need and we will be there when you need us the most. We have technicians on staff 6 days a week to serve you and we carry most common pump sizes in stock so we’re not out wasting time and money. Call us, you won’t be disappointed.