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3 Tips For Proper Well Water System Maintenance

Many homeowners rely on private wells to supply their homes with potable water. If your home is connected to a private well, it is up to you to maintain your well in order to ensure the functionality of your water system and the safety of the water delivered into your home each day.

Here are three tips that you can use to ensure your private well water system is being properly maintained in the future.

1. Don't let landscaping interfere with the function of your well.

In order to ensure that runoff from the surface isn't contaminating the water supply in your well, it's essential that you keep your well in mind when dealing with your home's landscaping.

Ensure that your yard is sloping away from the surface opening of your well to encourage runoff to flow away from the well. You should also remove topsoil as necessary to ensure that your well's vent pipe remains the recommended 8 inches above the grade of your yard's surface.

2. Track the results of water testing.

You should have a certified well technician collect samples from your well on a regular basis. These samples can be sent to a laboratory and tested for bacterial contamination, pH levels, nitrates, mineral deposits, and any local contaminants that could pose a threat to the safety of your water supply.

Once you receive the results of these tests back from the lab, enter them into a database. Tracking your water-testing results in an electronic database will allow you to identify alarming trends that emerge over time.

While a single test might not show cause for concern, trends showing an increase in any of the contaminants you test for (even if reported numbers are still within acceptable levels) could signal a problem that you need to address before your well becomes unusable.

3. Be aware of water table levels.

Over time, the water table in your area could drop as a result of drought. It's important that you take the time to regularly identify current water table levels as part of a comprehensive well-maintenance program.

Many private wells rely on submersible pumps to facilitate the delivery of water from the well into the home. When the water table drops, your submersible pump may no longer be covered by water. This results in the pump sucking in air, which could cause irreparable damage to the pump's motor.

Replacing your well pump can be costly, so checking the water table levels regularly and lowering your pump as needed to ensure it remains fully submerged should be an important part of your well-maintenance routine.

Caring for your well is important when it comes to continued access to potable water. Keep landscaping from encroaching on the well's vent pipe, track the results of water quality tests, and monitor water table levels to ensure your well water system functions properly in the future.