Having a private well can offer a lot of advantages to any homeowner. Despite the initial installation costs seeming high, a private well can save you a lot of money long term. The biggest money saver is that you don’t need to worry about paying water bills each month. Plus, water wells equipped with filters, softeners, and other equipment can provide very healthy, mineral-rich water for you and your family to enjoy.
Water pumps are also generally quite easy to look after, and most of the time you won’t even notice any difference from relying on a municipal supply. However, you are responsible for your private well, so it’s important to look after it. There are some key ‘dos and don’ts’ when it comes to well maintenance in your own home. Learn more below.
- Stay Safe: Be sure to treat your well and any associated equipment with the care and attention it deserves. Don’t put your well at any unnecessary risks and ensure that all members of your household follow this simple rule to respect the well at all times.
- Keep Records: Be sure to preserve all documents and records of water quality, well maintenance, equipment testing, and more. This will help if ever your well encounters an issue and you need to look back over its history.
- Test Regularly: Get in touch with trusted well experts in your area for regular check-ups of your private well. The water quality can change over time and little problems might arise without you knowing.
- The Cap: Remember to ensure that the well cap is always fitted on tight. Double check that it is not cracked or suffering any damage of any kind. The slightest bit of damage to the well cap can drastically affect your water supply, so it’s one of the most important parts of your well system to preserve and maintain with the highest care.
- Don’t Get Lazy: Many well owners fall into the trap of getting a little lazy in regard to well maintenance and checks. Like with any household problem, the longer you ignore something, the worst it will get.
- Never Assume: It can be very easy to make assumptions regarding your private well. Maybe your neighbour has a well and has perfectly safe water, so you assume your well is fine too, but wells right next to each other can have totally different water quality and contents.
- Be Careful With Chemicals: Don’t dump, use, or store chemical products anywhere near your well. This includes household supplies like paints and cleaning products The harmful contents of these products can seep into the ground and affect your well directly or they could harm the whole groundwater for your neighbourhood.