Having a home that makes use of well water can provide many benefits. Well water is generally much cheaper than city water once the well is in place, and many people find that fresh well water has a subjectively better taste than municipal water supplies. Of course, these advantages don't come without their own costs. Keeping your well in tip-top shape and your well water healthy and safe requires periodic maintenance and inspections. Although the process of maintaining a well can seem intimidating, there are some basic steps you can take to keep everything running smoothly and to avoid costly repairs in the future.
Simple Steps That You Can Take
Most jobs that involve your well will require the help of a professional, but there are a few simple steps that you can take as a homeowner to stay on top of potential problems. One of the most basic and important actions you can take is to simply periodically check your well cover. The well cover (also known as the well cap) is a vital part of your well's sanitary protection. This cap is sealed to prevent contaminants from entering the well. You should check the cover at least a few times per year to make sure that it is in good condition.
In addition to examining the well cap itself, occasionally check the surrounding area as well. Note possible sources of contamination and be sure that you are not storing any chemicals, fertilizers, and so on in the immediate vicinity. The ground near the well cap should be sloped down and away to keep water run-off clear.
Simply being aware of any unusual changes in your water is important as well. Never ignore changes in the taste, color, or odor of your water. In most cases, these changes will be related to problems in your home's plumbing, but they should still be investigated immediately to rule out possible contamination in your well.
Perform Annual Check-ups
Routine inspections and preventative maintenance are key to a well system that functions properly and safely. A professional well inspection can help to catch issues that you may not notice. Well experts will inspect your well cap, but they will also check the status of your pump and other well system components for proper functioning. These inspections have the potential to turn up serious problems before they become expensive repairs in the future.
Keep Detailed Documentation
When your well was first installed, your contractors will have most likely filed a well log with the local regulatory body. As the homeowner, you should also have a copy of this log. Keep it in a safe place, and also keep records of each well inspection along with any repairs or other maintenance that has been done on your well. In the event that a component of your well system needs repair in the future, this documentation can potentially save you from a significant number of headaches.
Contact a water system maintenance service for more help.