Water Well Maintenance For New Homeowners

If you are new to living in a home with its own water well, you may be unsure what is expected of you when it comes to maintaining the well. The good news is that you rarely have to perform any hands-on maintenance on your own. Instead, you simply need to know the maintenance requirements so you can schedule any necessary work to be done. The following guide will help.

There are four annual maintenance tasks

It's a smart idea to schedule a yearly maintenance visit from a well service company. The service should include the four following tasks at a bare minimum:

  1. Water quality test to ensure the water is safe to drink.

  2. A flow test to check that the well is in no danger of running dry.

  3. A pump inspection to ensure that the pump is working correctly.

  4. A pressure inspection to verify that the pressure system and tank are performing properly.

Water quality tests should be thorough

There are two types of water quality tests. The first is just a general test, where the basic flavor, color, and transparency of the water is checked. This is usually done to catch any mineral issues in the well, either from natural minerals in the water to those caused by components breaking down. Poor general quality isn't usually a health concern, but you may need to add a purification system if it is a problem.

The second test checks for bacteria, dangerous microorganisms, and pollutants in the water. This test is vital for your family's health. It's important to schedule this test annually because water sources can become tainted – a new cattle ranch up the road can lead to bacteria in the water, or a change in pesticide usage at a nearby farm could taint your water supply. Problems like these must be caught early so you can purify the water source before you suffer health issues.

Get everything in writing

Finally, get everything from your annual maintenance visit in writing. You will want copies of the actual lab reports for your water testing, as well as an itemized list of all inspections performed, any services rendered, and any repairs completed or recommended. Not only are these needed for your records, they will likely be requested by potential buyers if you ever decide to sell your property.

For more help, contact a water well service company, such as Golden Gate Well Drilling & Water Conditioning, in your area.