Flooded wells often lead to a need for disaster control and well pump services in Missoula, MT. Since the snow is melting and rain is not stopping anytime soon, you need to keep an eye on your well in case you notice flooding. If caught early, this is a problem that only needs the help of a sump pump and a little time. Let it linger, though, and you could wake up with no running water and a filled-up vault. To avoid this scenario, here is what you need to do to prevent and control well floods:
- Pump at early signs of flooding: When your pump house or vault starts to accumulate water, this is when you should start acting. Use the sump pump at the earliest signs so you do not end up with larger impacts later. Once the well pump becomes submerged, that is when this effort is too late. Try to keep it as dry as possible and then call in a well services technician to see if there are repairs needed to stop the flood.
- Do not use the water: When there is a flood, the chances of water-borne pathogens entering your well water increase. This is especially likely if you have a septic tank nearby as well. Use bottled water for drinking and cooking and see if you can bathe at a friend’s or family member’s house. While this is inconvenient, being laid up with a bacterial infection is much worse.
- Stay away from the pump: Besides bacteria, the other danger when a well floods is electric shock. If your well pump is submerged, you can sustain a serious shock if you try to enter the pump house and turn it off. Your well service technicians can accomplish this task safely with the equipment they have available. Leave this one up to the professionals.
- Order services: After a well flood, a technician will clean and activate the pump, flush the well, disinfect it and make any repairs or maintenance that may be necessary. Once the well is cleaned and disinfected, we perform follow-up tests to assure your water remains safe. This is not a do-it-yourself project. After a flood, the pump may sustain damage, so it is important to be careful when powering it up again. Dirt and sediment can clog pumps, and not only will they fail to function, but they will also put that dirt back into your water.
- Check septic system: If your well flooded, your septic system may also have trouble. Drain fields often fill up, and that damages your septic equipment. In fact, you should address both at the same time to assure the quality of your water supply at home.
- Follow weather reports: You can anticipate floods by watching weather reports for excess snow melt or precipitation. This will allow you to keep a sump pump ready or take other preventative actions. You may even avoid turning a well flood into an emergency call for well services.
Camp Well Drilling and Pump Service offers well pump services in Missoula, MT and the surrounding areas. If your well requires service after flooding, call us right away.