Many people take the water coming into their house for granted whether they have municipal water or a well water system. If you have municipal water, you don't have to worry too much as the city will take care of things for you. However, when your water comes from a well, it is all your responsibility. While nothing is ever guaranteed, the better you take care of the well system while it is working properly, the less chance there is that something will go wrong and leave your home without water. Here are a few tips to help you properly maintain your well and the system that gets water where you want it.
One of the most important maintenance tips is to have your well inspected every year by a professional. This testing should include a flow test to see how much water is coming up in a specified amount of time, a bacterial test to ensure there is nothing in the water that will make people sick, a physical inspection to look for any damage to the tank or the pipes, and a test of the electrical components of the pump.
You need to be aware of the slope of the ground around the well. You want the yard to slope away from the well so that water and snow do not sit on top of it where they can seep through the ground and into the water you will be drinking. Pollution, pesticides, and herbicides can all end up in your drinking water if rain and snow flood the ground over the well. You also need to be aware of any trees or plants that may send roots down into the well and get rid of them.
It is best to keep any animals away from the well area. Pets and livestock can soil the area with urine and feces that end up in the water. In addition, they can break the plumbing and pipes that connect the well to the water tank, and they may even damage any electrical wires in the area. Even if you have everything buried, animals can dig things up and cause a lot of damage quickly.
As long as your well water tests clean and free from bacteria, you should enjoy fresh, good-tasting water without any added chlorine or other chemicals the municipal water has. You won't have a water bill, and no one is going to restrict how much you water your lawn.Share
12 December 2019
Welcome to my website. I'm Albert Frost. Besides my dad, one of my biggest role models was my uncle Rick. He was a construction contractor who would let me come on his construction sites and also taught me everything he knew about building homes, including how to install hardwood flooring and add insulation. I always wanted to grow up to build houses like my uncle. I used to help my uncle with a lot of the grunt work needed to make a home a reality. But then I hurt my back playing football. Until I heal completely, I'm going to devote as much of my time as possible to teaching others about various construction topics I'm interested in.