30 Oct 2014

Submersible Well Pump-The Heart of Your Well System

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Have a well at home? That fresh, clean water flowing from your faucets wouldn’t be there without a pump. Although every part of a well is important, the pump is what makes it possible for you to enjoy your own water without having to go outside and lug a rope and bucket up from the underground. Moving gallon after gallon of potable water through a network of pipes while maintaining constant pressure, well pumps are truly the heart of your system.

Most folks across Indianapolis and central Indiana rely on a submersible pump for their wells. C&J Well Company has a lot of experience installing, maintaining, and replacing submersible pumps throughout our service area. We get a lot of questions about these devices, and since there are many options to choose from, we want to highlight some of the factors you should consider when selecting a submersible pump for your own well.

Popular types & sizes

When researching submersible well pumps, you’ll come across a common set of features. These include:

  • Size
  • Speed
  • Horsepower
  • Capacity (gallons per minute, or GPM)
  • Voltage
  • Wiring

While that might seem like a lot to consider, universal industry standards exist for each of these features. Take voltage, for example. You only have to choose between 115 and 230 volts. Likewise, nearly all submersible pumps feature just two or three wires. If you are replacing an old pump in an existing well, then look for the same features on that new device.

Depending on the pump make and model, you have several options for capacity. Here’s a simple method to determine the GPM you need. Add up all of the water fixtures (sinks, showers, toilets, dishwashers, ice makers, outdoor spigots, etc.) in and around your home. Let’s say you have the following:

  • 2 showers
  • 2 toilets
  • 3 sinks
  • 1 dishwasher
  • 2 outdoor spigots

2+2+3+1+2=10. For each fixture, your home needs about one GPM. So 10 fixtures requires a submersible pump with a 10 GPM capacity. Once you add up all of the fixtures at your home, look for a pump with a matching capacity.

Questions? Feel free to contact C&J Well Company  for friendly and straightforward advice!

 Constant Pressure Systems

 C & J Well has installed thousands of constant pressure systems in central Indiana. These revolutionary systems read the pressure in your house and either speed up or slow down your pump to maintain one constant pressure regardless of how many water fixtures you are running in the house at once.

For instance, if you are brushing your teeth your pump motor barely spins which is very efficient and conducive for long pump life. But as you open more and more faucets in the home the motor increase its RPMs to maintain your desired pressure.

This is not only a very efficient way to operate a pump system from an electrical standpoint, but it is also excellent in producing long lasting pumps. Another benefit is that it allows you to reduce your pressure tank size to that of a soccer ball. It’s truly a wonderful technological breakthrough for a very old trade. Old school and technology come together in a really cool way here.

 10 Year Limited Warranty

C&J Well’s pump systems come with a 10 year limited warranty*. We have found this to be the best in our industry and we are pleased to offer it to our valued customers.

* geothermal, commercial, and irrigation systems only receive a one year parts and labor in addition to the manufactures warranties.


C&J Well is happy to offer Flint and Walling pumps. Flint and Walling has been in the business of providing well pumps for over 100 years.

Flint & Walling’s parent company (Zoeller Pump Company) is based in Kentucky; however all of the pump parts are made and assembled in Indiana. We are very excited about being able to stimulate the Hoosier economy!

Most other pump manufacturers have gone to making parts and/or assembling their pumps in China and Mexico. This has produced a variety of quality issues that we highly recommend avoiding. Most of the pumps that you find at the big box stores are of such quality.

Flint and Walling and C&J are teaming up for a great Hoosier combination!

 Selecting the right submersible pump for you

Email us, call, or stop by our office for more information, and let us help choose the best submersible well pump for you. Whether you have an existing water well, or would like a new well dug for your home, C&J Well Company is here to help . We have decades of proven experience in and around the Indianapolis region, and we’ll work hard to be your first and only choice for well drilling and service, as well as water treatment solutions.