Our team at Yadkin Well Company has extensive experience in drilling and maintaining wells, and you can count on us to keep your well in excellent condition. One of the many services we offer is well flow testing, which helps ensure you get adequate water pressure from your well. In this article, we’ll provide an overview of how a well flow test works so you know what to expect from the process.
- Testing Device – In a well flow test, we use water flow sensors. These devices measure how much water flows through a spigot within a certain period of time (usually expressed as gallons per minute).
- Readings – Once our team has attached a flow sensor to a spigot on your well, we’ll first take a static pressure reading with the spigot closed. Then, we’ll open the spigot as far as it will go and take our first flow reading. Most well-flow tests last 60 minutes, with new readings taken every 15 minutes—this results in a total of five readings, counting the very first.
- Calculations – After all the readings have been taken, our team will calculate the average water flow over the whole testing period. Ideally, your well flow test should show a flow of three to five gallons per minute for the duration. If the average flow is lower than 3 GPM, then there is most likely something wrong with your pump. Fortunately, our team knows how to address flow issues, and we’ll help you figure out the next steps to restore your well to good working order.