Many people see their primary care physician once a year for a general checkup. This is a wise move because it helps protect your health and can head off certain problems before they become serious. The same mindset should also apply to your well. With regular checkups, your well water will remain as safe as possible. The opposite is also true. Without regular maintenance, your well water might be contaminated or not taste as good as it could. An annual checkup will also keep the well itself in good working order.
What a Checkup Involves
An annual checkup will include several examinations. The technician who conducts your well exam will check the amount of flow the well puts out, which also includes an inspection of the water pump and other equipment responsible for water pressure. An inspection of the well parts to see how clean they are is also involved. This step is essential because unsanitary well parts can lead to contaminated water. Perhaps the most important part of the inspection involves a test of the water that comes out of your well. The technician will test for the presence of bacteria in your well water, as well as the presence and amount of minerals in the water. Part of this process includes a comparison to past results because a change in the composition of your well water can indicate a potential problem.
How to Find A Technician
Call around to find a water technician trained to conduct wells. You might get in touch with the water department in your city or town because these offices might have a list of references they offer the public. Browse the internet or look through a phone book for a well drilling service (such as Ace Well & Pump Co) as another way to find a technician trained to inspect your well.
Just like your doctor makes recommendations for you to keep yourself healthy between your annual exams, there are also things you can do to keep your well in good working order. Don't store chemicals, such as lawn products, weed killers, bug sprays and paint, anywhere near your well. Keep an area of at least 50 feet on all sides of well clear of pets or livestock, recommends the National Groundwater Association. Inspect the seals around your well regularly to ensure they are tight and secure, which reduces the risk of rodents and other pests getting inside your well. Call someone to come test your water immediately if you notice changes in appearance, taste or smell.