Chances are, you don't have an owner's manual or written instructions on how to maintain your well, and whether you have been on well water for decades or just recently moved to a home with a well water system, your well quality may never occur to you. Of course, the quality of your drinking water should be of the utmost importance, but out of sight, out of mind is common. Here are three tips every private well owner should know.
Leave Your Well Alone
That's right, don't touch it. Some jobs are perfect for the handy do-it-yourself homeowner, but trying to solve any problem with your well isn't one of them. You need a qualified professional who is skilled specifically in handling the issues common to well water systems. Homeowners can make whatever is going wrong worse.
Submersible pumps can be tricky to fix. You can also easily inadvertently electrocute yourself. Plus, every time you open the well cap, you run the risk of introducing bacteria, dirt, and debris to the water supply. Additionally, testing the water, reading the results, and choosing the right chemical solutions can be tricky. Many homeowners have found themselves without a local water source for months simply because they miscalculated how much bleach to use.
Call A Professional Instead
Many homeowners say they have never had their wells checked. This can lead to a problem when you least expect it, and it can be an expensive problem if routine maintenance checks haven't been performed. Instead of waiting until your water tastes, smells, or looks funny, or someone gets sick, call to schedule a qualified technician to come do a baseline checkup before there is a problem. This way, if they do spot an issue, you might be able to buy yourself a little time to save up for the repair bill. Preventative maintenance always makes sense, and when you are getting your water from a well, it can be a matter of health or even life and death if the water quality isn't where it needs to be.
Find Old Wells
If you live on an old homestead, there is a good chance you have another abandoned well somewhere on your property. This can potentially be dangerous to your current well if the old one is still connected to the underground aquifer. A qualified technician can find and seal any old wells you may have on your property. Sealing a well requires a contractor to come and fill it in completely with a special cement.