Water well maintenance can have a direct impact on water quality and, therefore, your health. Here are some tips on well maintenance.
Be observant: The typical well owner does not possess the knowledge or skills to conduct a proper well system inspection but can be observant about changes in the well system. Some changes may be:
*Visible, such as damage to a well cap, leaking or rusting.
*Audible, such as a chattering pressure switch or unusual pump sounds.
*Associated with tastes odors that occurs suddenly.
If you observe something out of ordinary, contact a water-well professional.
Get routine well inspections: It is advisable to have a qualified water well system professional routinely to conduct complete system inspection. Such an inspection should include:
*A visual inspection of the wellhead to verify that it is in a safe location, the sanitary seals are in good shape, the well casing is the proper height, and the ground around the wellhead is sloping away from it.
*Visual inspection of other well system components, such as any above-ground pumping equipment, connections, joint seals, and pressure relief valves.
*Physical inspection of the well system components, such as testing the pump, checking the valves, and electrical testing.
*Visual inspection of other equipment, such as pressure tanks, above- and below-ground storage tanks, the control box and connections, water softeners and conditioners, and filtration equipment.
*Thorough documentation of the inspection.
Well cleaning as maintenance:
Signs that a well may need cleaning are cloudy water; a loss in the gallons of water per minute the pump can supply to the system, taste or odor problems, and a positive bacteriological test for total coliform. Chlorination is not cleaning; it is disinfection. If a well has accumulated debris and incrustation, it may provide an environment that harbors bacteria and impedes effective disinfection. If you experience symptoms such as those described, ask a water well system professional to check whether your well needs cleaning.
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