When is the Best Time to Test My Well Water?

There are endless benefits to having a private well water system. The water is clean, refreshing, and healthy – It’s just plain better than city tap water. However, these benefits come with added responsibilities that you have to see through. Safe water is essential to your family’s health. To keep your water safe, you must test your water at least once per year.

But when should you test your water? Is there a best time to test? As it turns out, there is. In this article, we’ll go over the best times to test your water and cover some best practices.

Test Your Water Every Year

Annual testing is one of the most important practices to get into as the owner of a well. As your city and property change, so can the condition of your water. Minerals and chemicals move along the landscape and into the soil. Environmental changes such as floods, landslides, and the passage of time can contaminate your water. Your well will also wear down with age, which could increase the risk of contamination.

In general, you should also test your water if there’s a sudden change in the taste or smell of your water. But as far as annual tests go, is there a best time of the year? As it turns out, there is! If you test your well during a dry period or when the ground is hard from cold weather, your well may test safe even if it has problems. This rules out the winter and late summer months.

When testing your well, the best time to do it is during the rainy season, at the end of spring, and the beginning of summer. Some time between the middle of May and the start of June is best. The reason is that rain will carry bacteria, minerals, and chemicals through the soil. If your well tests are safe during this period, you know that your well is likely safe during the less active seasons.

How Should I Test It?

When testing, you should seek complete, accurate results. Home testing kits that you buy yourself might be incomplete or yield inconclusive results. It’s best to look up the nearest private lab in your area to get the kits you need. The lab should be certified by the Florida DNR to perform testing.

Each contaminant requires its own test… But you don’t necessarily have to test for every contaminant at once. This could turn expensive in no time. Unless you’re aware of a spill or chemical issue nearby, test for coliform bacteria and nitrates. Use the sterile bottles you’re supplied with, follow the instructions, and be mindful. Different tests work best at different times, depending on what you’re testing for. For example, copper and some other metals should take samples early in the day.

To learn more about testing your well, or if you haven’t tested in a while, give us a call. We’ll help walk you through the tests and answer any questions you have.