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Peter Snelten & Sons Since 1923

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Serving Illinois Residents Since 1923

Water Well Pump Repair & Installation, Peter Snelten & Sons
Family-Owned & Operated Since 1923.

Serving Cook County, McHenry County, Lake County,
Kane County & Dupage County Illinois. 

Water Well Pumps

After a water well is drilled to provide water to your home a well pump in most cases is placed below the water level within the well to pump water into your home. Sometimes a shallow well pump is needed in shallow wells (25’ or less). There are different sizes of pumps available and the size needed for your home’s situation is determined by the size of your home, how many water fixtures are in your home, and the water demands of your family.

The pump provides drinking water to your home from a water well in the ground nearby. The well pump is combined with a pressure tank, water pressure is then evened out throughout your home and the number of times your pump needs to turn on and off is reduced due to the water held in the tank.

Choosing a water well pump can be as easy as replacing the one you currently have. New installations or homes with currently undersized pumps, however, may require a little more research prior to purchasing a new pump.

A water well pump is a pump that is used in extracting water from a water well. They include different HP motors that are necessary depending on GPM needed and the depth of the pump. There are 2 & 3 wire models. 3-wire models are typically used with bigger applications 3 HP/5 HP/10 HP.

Shallow Well Pumps

Shallow water well pumps or jet pumps are used in shallow wells with a depth of 25’ or 4 inches in diameter or less. These pumps are not submerged in the well but are instead placed above ground and pump the water through an inlet pipe. This increases the PSI (pounds per square inch) of the pump and allows for constant water pressure to your home.

Water well pumps know when to turn on when the pressure within the home’s water system drops below a certain level. The pump then lifts water into the home until the default pressure is restored. 

Jet Pumps

Convertible jet well pumps are great for people with a fluctuating water table. These pumps can operate in wells with depths between 0-90’ depending on the assembly. Like shallow well pumps, convertible jet well pumps are not submersible and are placed above ground in a well housing.

Submersible Well Pumps

A submersible pump (or sub pump, electric submersible pump (ESP)) is a pump which has a hermetically sealed motor. The whole assembly is submerged in the water to be pumped. Designed to operate in the deepest wells, ranging from 90-300’ deep. The main advantage of this type of pump is that it prevents pump cavitation, a problem associated with a high elevation difference between pump and the water surface. Submersible pumps push water to the surface as opposed to jet pumps having to pull water. Submersibles are more efficient than jet pumps.

The major advantage of a submersible pump is that it never has to be primed because it is already submerged in the water. Submersible pumps are also very efficient because they don’t really have to spend a lot of energy moving water into the pump. Submersible well pumps are available in 2-wire and 3-wire models. 3-wire models feature above ground starter controls, making maintenance much easier compared to 2-wire models.

What About Water Pressure?

What controls the water pressure is a water well pressure tank. When someone turns on a faucet, air pressure in the tank forces water throughout the plumbing until the pressure drops to the preset trigger pressure, usually set at 40 psi (pounds per square inch). At that point the pump runs: supplies demand and excess water builds storage in the tank until pre-set shutoff triggers at 60psi. Well systems usually have a 20lb working cycle. 

Pulling & Installing A New Water Well Pump Through A Roof

This was an interesting job where we pulled a pump in order to replace the pump. Not every well is easily accessible. Water well pits can be placed in many different locations. We find them in basements, garages, etc. In this case, sometimes there is a hole in the roof available and sometimes we need to cut a hole in order to get access to the water well pit. At times our truck does not have access to these types of jobs and we then use portable equipment. We either use a tripod, generations-old equipment still in use to this day, or we use a upsadazy (tri-wheeled motor mounted on an aluminum frame). Where there’s a well, there’s a way.

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Brands Of Well Pumps We Carry

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Red Jacket Submersible Well Pump
Sta Rite Water Well Pumps
STA-RITE Water Well Pumps
Goulds Water Well Pump
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Grundfos Water Well Pump

They were absolutely excellent. We called them, and they showed up as soon as they heard from us. They fixed our problem in half a day. Our well was completely shot and we had no water in our house. After their repair, our water works even better than before. We’re so thankful for them. WE LOVE THEM!!
~ Steven Singh

I called and they came out within 30 minutes! Very nice and informative. Overall great experience! Will definitely recommend them.

~ Christopher Kersten

We lost power and my water did not come back on. I thought for sure it was the well pump. Kyle came and tracked the problem down. I put the wrong kind of switch on the pressure tank. Save me a bundle, very pleasant. Highly recommend.

~ Ron Bachman

Family oriented. That’s important to us. Thank you for helping out immediately when we had a big problem. We highly recommend this company.

~ Dorothy Euchler 

Our water was not working this morning and I called our local guy and he no longer is in service. So I found these guys on the Internet wanted to pass along the information. I called them at 7:30 this morning and they were here by nine. They moved their schedule around so they could get here sooner because I did not have water. If you need well service give these guys a call they were great!

~ Kimberly Kearney

Yesterday, at 1:00 we called Snelten and Sons about getting a switch repaired and they were at our house at 2:30. Ben and Adam were very courteous, professional, and informative. They did not take any shortcuts, they did the job efficiently and the price was fair. Highly recommend this company to anyone who has well water.

~ Daniel Pfligler 

Todd Snelten did a wonderful job working on my well and water pressure tank. I highly recommend them for your well and water needs. They were here in 90 minutes after my phone call and replaced everything but a new well and was completed the same day they started the work.

~ Joseph Doyle 

Every time I have service done from this company it is 100% top notch! Thank you for all the GREAT service you have provided to us for the last 32 yrs!!

~ Michael Glefke

I want to give a shout out to this great company!! I have a very old system here at my house. Pete was very knowledgeable about my system and what he wanted to do to get the job done. Other companies I had out here wanted nothing to do with it and told me I needed to drill a new well. This company persevered and got the job done. Rusty and Ben, you were awesome today!! Rusty is a master at fixing problems and coming up with solutions!! I haven’t had pressure this good in years!! I highly recommend them for any water problems you have!!

~ Kristi Weseman 

My husband woke up to find no water pressure. Major lightning storm last night. He called and left a message, within 15 minutes Ryan called back and walked my husband through to problem solve it. What is really impressive is that Ryan had a flooded basement due to this storm but still took the time to call us. Now that is dedication!

~ Terrie Warzecha

Peter Snelten & Sons has serviced our home water well (and related components) for over ten years. They are reliable, honest, fair, and very responsive. Their work is of the highest quality. We heartily recommend this thoughtful family for water well-related work.

~ Robert Ross

We were very happy with the recent service we received. Our water stopped working unexpectedly on a Friday evening around 8:00. After leaving an after-hours voicemail, I promptly got a return call, and arrangements were made for them to come out first thing the next morning. They called the next morning to let me know they were on their way and showed up on time. Luke talked to my husband through everything he was doing and why he was doing it and gave my husband options to fix the problem.  We felt very comfortable that we were working with someone knowledgeable and that the job was done correctly, and we had our water working again in just a couple hours after they arrived. Based on the service we received, we will gladly call them again with any future issues that may arise..

~ Melissa J.

Our 53-year-old well pump in Prospect Heights IL went out finally.  Called Snelton and Sons. After a few questions, they scheduled it and sent their knowledgeable crew out in a couple of days. They replaced the pump along with upgrading our non-code well access. Very happy with their professional service and will recommend again and again. Thanks, S&S

~ Michael J.

Hours of Operation:


Mon – Fri – 7:30-6
Sat – 7:30-12
Sun – Closed
Please call for after hours & weekend assistance.
Water Well Service Truck
After-hours & Weekend Assistance :

Luke – 224-656-4912
Ryan – 815-404-0750
Adam – 224-656-4915

Thank You For Considering Us For Your Well Drilling & Service & Repair Needs

Our Services

Water Well Drilling

Complete Water Well System Installations

Submersible Pump Repair & Replacement

Shallow Well Pump Repair & Replacement

Pressure Tank Replacement

Well Abandonments

Well Chlorinating

Water Sampling

Well Inspections

Yard Hydrants

Peter Snelten & Sons

25000 S. Old Rand Road
Wauconda, Illinois 60084

Cook County, IL
Lake County, IL
McHenry County, IL
Kane County, IL
DuPage County, IL

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