Six Mistakes To Avoid To Keep Your Well Properly Maintained

Posted on: 10 May 2018

Keeping up on well maintenance isn't only important for making sure your well continues to work. It's also important for keeping your household healthy by ensuring a pure water supply.

You need to avoid common well-maintenance mistakes that could compromise the condition of your well. The following are six maintenance mistakes that are important to avoid:

Attempting to take care of repairs by yourself

Even if you think your well is malfunctioning due to a simple problem that you can fix yourself, you should avoid DIY well-repair jobs and always call in a professional.

Well repairs generally require specialized equipment to be properly fixed. You may damage your well and cause more harm than good if you try to fix your well without the necessary training and equipment.

Neglecting to have your water tested regularly

Regular water testing will ensure that you know right away if your water requires shock chlorine treatment or has become contaminated. Generally, an annual testing is a good idea, and this testing should ideally take place in the spring.

Water-quality factors that need to be examined during a testing include coliform content and pH level. It's also important to test for nitrate and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Simply repairing problems that arise rather than preventing them

Preventive well maintenance minimizes the occurrence of problems and optimizes the condition of a well. Simple problems can become more severe and expensive over time if they are not detected with regular inspections and prevented with necessary maintenance procedures. 

Overlooking regular maintenance check-ups

Regular maintenance that will minimize the occurrence of repair needs includes inspecting pump performance, pressure switch contact, and motor performance. It's a good idea to carry out this maintenance checkup at the same time as your water test. 

Neglecting to keep up with chlorination needs

Well chlorination keeps water clean and safe by removing biological contaminants like bacteria. Water needs to be shock chlorinated immediately if unsafe levels of contaminants are found during testing. Shock chlorination should also be performed when the well pump is replaced or after a well is contaminated by flood waters. 

Using hazardous chemicals in close proximity to your well

It's important to remember that any chemicals that fall to the ground around your well could potentially seep into your well water. You need to avoid using harsh chemicals like motor oil or paints around your well to prevent chemical contamination.

To learn more about well maintenance and pump repairs, talk to a professional near you today.