The well casing is one of the most important parts of a well. This is what forms the classic tube-like well shape and helps to keep the water supply safe from all kinds of contaminants and dirt. The casing is typically thick and strong, designed with resistance and security in mind. However, like any other part of a well, the casing is prone to damage and can spring a leak in the worst of cases. Here’s all you need to know about diagnosing well casing leaks and what you need to do to fix them.
What Is The Well Casing?
The well casing is the long pipe-like structure that makes up the body of your well. It usually is made of either plastic, carbon steel, or stainless steel, and it can run for a variety of lengths. Most well cases have an average diameter of around 6 inches. Well casings are designed to protect the well from exterior contaminants, essentially acting as a wall or barrier between the well and the many potentially harmful or dirty elements in the surrounding area. Casings are very important parts of the well in terms of guaranteeing the safety and quality of the water you use each day in your own home.
What Happens When The Well Casing Leaks?
Part of the problem with a well casing leak is that it can actually be quite hard to spot and diagnose, and this is why it’s so important to get your well regularly inspected by experts, as well as having regular water quality control checks too. With that said, there are still some common signs you can look out for which might indicate that your well casing is leaking:
- The water pressure in your home has suddenly started to decrease, or gradually gone down over time.
- The color of the water coming out of your faucets has changed in some way.
- The taste or odor of your water has started to change.
- The water is showing traces of sand or sediment.
- Your latest water quality tests have shown some traces of contaminants.
- Your water filters are running out much more quickly and seem to need changing more often.
What To Do?
So how do you deal with a well casing leak? Well, it’s important to not try and fix this kind of issue yourself. Well casings need to be repaired by the experts. In most cases, if detected early, leaks can be repaired quite easily. A majority of contractors use of a ‘repair sleeve’. The repair sleeve which is a secondary tube that is sealed inside the well casing. This secondary tube covers up the leaking area.
If the leak is a bad one, however, with lots of damage or corrosion, contractors must take drastic measures. An entirely new well casing or a whole new well might need to be installed. Clearly, this can be quite a costly issue and is one of the biggest well repair problems any owner can have to face. As soon as you see any warning signs or think that your well might have a problem, call the pros.