American Pump and Drilling Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

More on Water Softeners: An Expert’s Guide

Monday, February 26th, 2024

A water softener is an amazing tool for a home that’s experiencing hard water. Minerals can be a tough thing to encounter, due to the fact that they can make detergent harder to dissolve and cause multiple difficulties to personal health and hygiene.

Don’t get us wrong, hard water is perfectly safe to consume from a human perspective, but it can be bad for your plumbing system, your laundry, your skin, and more. It’s more of a nuisance and the cost of dealing with hard water can be hefty, even if it’s healthy for you to drink.

The installation of a water softener in Bonney Lake could be a great way to minimize the effects of hard water and enjoy better results from your plumbing system. Save money on pesky repairs, hygiene issues, and more with this nifty piece of technology.

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3 Signs of a Broken Well Pump

Monday, January 1st, 2024

A well pump might not be as complex as some homeowners think. Yes, the technology is impressive and they should never be installed or repaired by anyone other than a licensed professional–but what they actually do is quite clear. A well pump simply pumps the water from underground on your property, and brings it into your house. Since it’s fighting against gravity, this might take some electricity and a little bit of ingenuity as well.

But if you turned on your faucet only to see a trickle of clean water come from your home’s plumbing system, then something isn’t working as it should be. Even an older well pump should still be able to provide you with a powerful stream of water when it’s needed. So, when it doesn’t, the sign should be clear that something is wrong and it needs repair.

Whether the source of the issue is your well or the pump itself, you need to call in well repair in Olympia so a trained professional can take a look at it. And here are some signs that it’s time to do that.

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Purification, Filtration, and Water Softening

Monday, November 20th, 2023

There are many different ways to treat your home’s water, but only a few of them might apply to your specific situation. For instance, if your water makes you sick due to some kind of biological contaminant, a water softener or water filter might not give you the same results as a UV light water purifier that eliminates viruses and bacteria.

This process can get very complicated, which is why we advise all of our customers to get a second opinion from a licensed contractor. Our team of water treatment specialists can not only test your water before we perform any service, but then we can use our experience and high-tech equipment to install the right water filter or purifier to make your water usable.

Whole house water filtration might sound intimidating, but we promise that our team will walk you through this process with ease!

UV Water Purification

First, let’s talk about purification. Many people use the terms “purification” and “filtration” interchangeably, but there is a difference!

Purification usually means the elimination of biological contaminants through UV light radiation or other methods. Purified water has no viruses, bacteria, mold, or mildew in it because it has been subjected to treatment that kills single-celled organisms. Don’t worry, when you install a UV water purifier, it doesn’t impact your own personal health. Think of it like the same amount of radiation as direct sunlight!

Try our new VIQUA ArrosTM which will purify your water with a high-powered UV light, but only when your home demands water! This cuts back on 35% of the system’s energy usage over time. This unit is perfect for residential homes that are ready to have purified, clean water.

Water Filtration

Next, we have water filtration, which is any method of filtering your water so that particles over a given size are taken out. This is important because there are some harmful particles that can exist in your water source that you’ll be better off without!

These kinds of contaminants can be dirt, debris, volatile organic compounds like paint, and even plastics. No amount of UV light would make these particles any less harmful for your body or plumbing system, but a filter can simply siphon them out while the rest of your clean water travels into your home.

Water Softening

What about minerals? Not every water source is devoid of minerals. For hard water that might be impacting your personal life or plumbing system, a water softener is a great tool to remedy this.

This system can easily remove minerals like magnesium or calcium from your water so that it’s more usable for laundry and cleaning. With a water softener, you can avoid mineral buildups in your pipes and also you’ll have more vibrant skin and hair too.


As water specialists, we wouldn’t be very good at our jobs if we didn’t have great workarounds for most household water issues. Perhaps you’ve got a plumbing issue instead of a potable water problem? We can take care of it!

The first thing you should do is schedule an appointment with us so we can take a closer look. Then, we’ll give you some suggestions as to what could better make your water more usable for drinking, bathing, cleaning, and more.

It’s time to contact the water treatment experts at American Pump and Drilling for your next water solution.

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How to Choose the Right Team for Well Drilling

Monday, August 14th, 2023

You might have noticed, in your search for an expert pump and drilling team, that there aren’t many options out there. Some of them might be large corporations, others might be small, local teams from the area. In truth, every company is going to be different, which makes choosing the right one for your next well drilling in Shelton very difficult.

Don’t worry. Take a deep breath and relax. Well drilling is complicated, especially if you don’t know what the geology of your property looks like underground. It can be scary to see all the different cost estimates, and we totally understand that. This is why we’d like to simplify this process for you.

Today, we want to separate the good companies from the great ones, and give you a few extra reasons why calling us is your best option.

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FAQ: Everything to Learn About Backflow

Monday, May 22nd, 2023

Backflow might not be the topic you had in mind to learn about on a beautiful spring morning. But for many homeowners that are taking part in some home improvement projects, or for people who want to learn exactly how their home plumbing system works, it’s a vital topic.

It’s kind of impossible to talk about plumbing without discussing backflow. It’s essentially exactly what the name implies—when wastewater flows backward into your pipes causing contamination, unsafe conditions, and even destruction. It’s a nasty thing to have happen, which is why there are tools, systems, and even services specifically designed for backflow prevention in Shelton, WA.

This blog will highlight some of the questions that customers often have about backflow and plumbing in general. Hopefully, with these answers, you’ll be in a better spot to prevent your home from encountering a backflow issue.

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What Is in Unfiltered Water?

Monday, April 10th, 2023

Water is one of the most abundant substances on the planet. But when we talk about water, we’re usually talking about clean, fresh water that we can easily use to bathe or drink. This, ironically enough, is not the most common way that water is found. If you’ll remember from your earth sciences class years ago, the most abundant form of water on the planet is salt water. All of the other types of water that are found usually have substances dissolved in them that can be harmful or detrimental to people.

Most water sources are treated for basic contaminants, but we think it’s important for homeowners to uncover what those contaminants might be. And for a few of our customers who are using well water and purchasing their own reverse osmosis systems in Rainier, WA for purification, this blog post can enlighten them as to what is being filtered out.

So, what is in your water before it gets treated? Let’s take a look!

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Every Well Pump Requires a Well Pump Controller!

Monday, January 30th, 2023

The more you do your research into plumbing equipment, the more confusing everything gets, right? It’s not by design: real plumbing work is more like a science than a business. In order to fully bring water to your home, you’ll need both a well pump, several other components, and a pump control box that is in charge of the speed and output of the water that’s stored in your pump.

Today, we’d like to talk a bit about how a well pump works and why you might want to call our team for specialized service. This is way more complicated than just digging a well in the old days. If you want enough water to run when you turn on the faucet or shower in your home, then you’re going to want a high-tech system that can easily measure the output and ability of your well pump. With us, your well pump controller in Olympia, WA will be in great shape for the future.

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Ice, Snow, and Sump Pump Services

Monday, January 2nd, 2023

The winter is in full swing and even if it doesn’t feel like it, we’re about to get a lot of ice and snow. That might be a bummer for some folks, but for many of us, that’s the way we like our wintertime! You can take the kids out to the park to enjoy some time building snow people, bake some cookies, and enjoy a warm cup of cocoa near the fire. It’s the coziest time of year!

However, with that ice and snow comes issues when we do experience one of the warmer days of the year. You can probably remember a 60-degree winter day in recent years, where all of the snow and ice that just accumulated melts and turns into water in what seems like a blink of an eye. All of a sudden, the installation and servicing of a sump pump in Olympia, WA sounds like an important thing to invest in, right?

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3 Essential Tips for Your Next Yard Project

Monday, December 5th, 2022

So, you’ve decided that come next spring you’re finally going to build that deck, garden, or fence you’ve always dreamed of. More power to you! DIY lawn projects are some of the most enticing things about living on property that you own. Essentially, the world is what you make it, and we commend anyone willing to learn about these kinds of projects and execute them with precision.

However, as your local plumber and water-source experts, we need to talk about a few issues that people run into with this kind of work. If you’re not careful, you could rupture your main water line, burst a hole in your sewer, and even strike an electrical line. There are a few things that you should always do before you start this kind of work, and as always, call our team for plumbing services in Olympia, WA. We do everything by the book!

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Could You Use a Sump Pump?

Monday, November 7th, 2022

Sump pumps are powerful tools that help protect our homes from an influx of floodwaters. If your home has a deep basement, which many homes do, then you could be at risk for a basement flood which can be a problem for many reasons. So, why are we talking about this today?

The most important reason to mention sump pumps is to help homeowners understand what they’re for. If you’ve ever encountered a flooded basement or a sudden wash of rain that threatens to flood a section of your home, then you might need a sump pump installation in Olympia, WA.

The second reason we want to talk about this subject is simple—temperatures are cooling as winter quickly approaches. Snow will fall, ice will coagulate, and you might see a few warm days when all of the snow begins to melt. This can easily flood areas like a basement if you’re not protected by a sump pump.

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