Since you have the sole responsibility of maintaining your well, take necessary steps to avoid contaminated water or needed repairs. Here are some important must-dos to think about when inspecting the condition of your property’s water well installation in Missoula, MT:
- No records? Have it inspected immediately: While homeowners should have organized and detailed home maintenance records, there are a lot of times when this is not the case. Perhaps you purchased a piece of property that was foreclosed on, the last owner didn’t do much maintenance or the previous homeowner simply walked away from the loan and, therefore, the house. These scenarios are likely to produce little to no home inspection records, which is unsettling if there’s a water well on the property. Not knowing the age or true condition of your well warrants an immediate professional inspection.
- Inspect visible parts for damage: A few times a year, take a look at the visible parts of your well—the wellhead, well covering, well cap and casing. Check connectors and seals for damage, and since shifting can occur, make certain everything is still securely attached. To keep nasty pollutants out of your water, you must closely inspect your well’s components and structure for cracks, holes and the like. Fail to identify issues or call in the well experts and there’s a possibility that you’ll run into indoor plumbing problems and expensive needed repairs.
- Check the well pump: Often there are signs like a drop in water pressure or too little water, but sometimes, water pump issues go undetected until it’s too late. To get ahead of potential negative outcomes, enlist the help of a friend or family member and test the pump’s efficiency. Get close to the water pump and then have the other person run water from a faucet or flush a toilet. Keep your eyes and ears open for strange sounds, like water struggling within the pump, gurgling or grinding noises or any leaking.
- Know if there are nearby sources of contamination: While you should know to avoid using fertilizer, pesticides and other hazardous chemicals too close to your well, nearby properties may be sending pollutants your way, unknowingly contaminating your water supply. Be wary of farms that raise livestock or use pesticides on their crops, as well as neighboring septic tanks, which may leak and affect your water. Also be sure to check others’ land uphill from where your well is installed.
- Test the water: Regardless of where you live in relation to potential sources of contamination, you should plan on testing your well water once a year—or more often, if you there are indications of contamination, such as water that smells or tastes bad or isn’t clear, known fertilizer use nearby, known contamination of a neighbor’s well or flooding during a recent storm. Call on a certified professional to test your water.
Whether you own residential or commercial property, or work on private or public land—if your water well installation in Missoula, MT needs inspections or repairs, Camp Well Drilling And Pump Service is the expert team to call. Contact us today to learn more about our services.