Owning a well means that only you and your household have access to its water. And a well is a great way to save money, as the water that is collected comes straight from the nearby environment instead of first going through a municipal water district.
When it comes to the care and maintenance of your private water well, there are several things to consider, including the well pump, pump house and the area surrounding the well installation. If even a single well component needs replacing or a chemical contaminates the ground, you could experience problems ranging from a system malfunction to poor (or even dangerous) water quality. Let’s avoid that—here are a few tips to help you maintain your residential water well after professional well drilling in Missoula, MT:
- Do visual inspections regularly: As a well owner, it’s imperative that you inspect your well on a regular basis. If your well is in a pump house for protection, check it for damage and weak areas, then scan the inside of the unit to check for pests and mold growth. You’ll also want to inspect the ground in the vicinity of your well for signs of leaks.
- Look closely at the well cap and cover: The well cap and well cover on top of the casing should always be intact, as they are essential defenses against dangerous water pollutants. Check often, especially after big storms, to make sure the cap and cover are both secured to the well.
- Leave well service to the pros: Although you are the property owner, it’s important that you do not try to service your own well. Servicing wells requires knowledge and the right tools and equipment, all of which a professional will have. Every time a well is opened, there’s the potential for hazardous materials or bacteria to get into your water. Call a qualified water well contractor for service instead!
- Get it tested annually: There are two things that need testing: your well’s equipment and the water itself. At least once a year, schedule a residential well contractor to check all the equipment and test the bacteria levels in your drinking water. Taking preventative measures is the best way to deter problems.
- Don’t brush off water changes: While there are benefits of owning your own private well, the downside is that no one will notify you of water contamination. It’s your duty to detect a change in the quality of your drinking water, which could point to a problem with your well. Call a residential well company as soon as you notice anything unusual with the taste, smell or look of your water—it could be contaminated.
- Keep track of age: A high quality, properly installed water well that has been well maintained will typically last about 20 years. Once your well shows signs that it needs replacing and your maintenance records confirm its age, contact a residential well drilling company to plan a new installation.
For well drilling in Missoula, MT or well pump repairs or parts replacement, you can count on the professional team at Camp Well Drilling and Pump Service to help. Contact us today!