Maintenance on wells is important for those who are looking to avoid expensive breakdowns that happen at the most inopportune of times. So many Americans are dependent on well water and most costs occur because of wells breaking down during an inopportune time. The costs of emergency services are way higher than those associated with preventative maintenance.
Winter is the season where we see the most damage so let’s look at some essential winter maintenance tips.
Never Try to Service Your Own Well
When you have a problem with your well, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to try servicing it without the right tools or experience. This can actually make the problem worse and it will be much more costly. So the first piece of advice that we can offer is to never try servicing your own well. Call a professional to come in and fix the issue.
Annual Inspections are Essential
You should schedule annual maintenance checks for your well and these checks should include all of the following:
- Flow Testing will determine whether your well is putting out the right amount of water. It also pinpoints problems with water levels both prior to and after pumping occurs.
- Pump Performance requires the professional to measure the amp load and voltage to make sure it’s working at peak efficiency.
- Control Box- Being the main component that is controlling your well pump it is imperative to make sure its components are working properly.
- Pressure Switch- This is one of the most important components in the control of the well system, it is also one of the most common to fail. With this not working properly it wont send power or tell the control box to activate the well pump
- Pressure Tank- This ensures that your system is holding at the right pressure for optimal use.
- Water Testing ensures that your drinking water is safe. If it contains dangerous bacteria, then you will need to address the problem immediately.
Additionally, you also need to make sure that the well equipment complies with all local regulations.
Don’t Just Put Anything Down your Well
Keep hazards away from your well. Never apply pesticides or fertilizers near the well. You can ensure that your well is not contaminated by making sure you keep all waste disposal systems away from the well. Also make sure that you are not operating anything that would require the use of pesticides or fertilizer near the location of the well.
Know What to Look For
There are certain things that you need to be on the constant lookout for. I recommend that you check the well cover at least once per month since it’s an essential part of the system. A faulty cover can lead to contamination, which is the last thing you want.
Also, you can avoid accidental damage by making sure that nothing is piled on the well. Sometimes, leaves or rocks are unknowingly piled onto the well and leads to damage or contamination.
You should monitor any changes that might occur to the efficiency of water regeneration. If the pressure starts fading or pulsing, then address the problem immediately before it becomes a costly repair. In most cases, users can notice a problem well in advance but they avoid it, leading to high future expenses.
The bottom line is that preventative maintenance will save you money in the long term. Don’t hesitate to hire a professional to fix the little problems before they become severe.