Unclog And Clean A Well's Submersible Water Pump

If the submersible pump that circulates water through the well on your residential piece of property becomes clogged with debris, water won't move through it in a consistent manner, resulting in uneven water pressure coming out of faucets when they are turned on. Learn how to clean the pump's interior and exterior with the following steps. Once it is clog-free, inspect and remove dirty residue from the pump as needed so that it continues to operate properly.


  • flashlight
  • rubber gloves
  • screwdriver
  • bucket of water
  • detergent
  • bleach
  • thin scrub brush
  • rubbing alcohol
  • cloth
  • replacement filter

Remove The Pump From The Well

Turn off the power to the water pump. Put on a pair of rubber gloves to keep your hands clean. Remove the well's cover and shine a flashlight into the well to assist with locating the water pump. The pump will likely be surrounded by a bracket or be connected to the well's interior with hardware. Loosen any screws that are holding the pump in place with a screwdriver. Slide the pump from its bracket, if necessary. Remove the end of the tubing that is connected to the pump by prying it away from the pump.

Eliminate Debris From The Interior And Exterior

Fill a bucket with water and add a small amount of detergent and bleach to it. Remove the filter from the water pump and submerge it and the pump in the cleaning solution. Move the filter and pump briskly through the water to loosen debris from each one. Use the thin brush to gently scrub the interior and exterior parts of the pump. 

If there is any visible residue that you have trouble eliminating with the scrub brush, pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto a cloth and wipe each spot until they have all been removed. Rinse the pump and filter off with plain water.

Replace The Filter And Secure The Pump

If the filter was severely dirty and you were unable to remove all of the residue from it, purchase a replacement filter. Reattach the filter to the pump. Connect the end of the tubing to the water pump and replace the pump in its original location. Use a screwdriver to secure pieces of hardware. Turn on the power to the pump and replace the well's cover. Turn on faucets inside of your home to test the water pressure. Keep the water pump maintained by inspecting its appearance throughout the year and cleaning it when needed. Contact a business, such as R & H Service Inc, for more information.