Modern day wells are safe and provide water that is naturally filtered, cool, and pure. If installed and care for properly, wells provide several years of safe and affordable water. Today’s modern wells supply water to more than 21 million homes.
Testing the water quality annually is a key factor in maintaining safe water. It is also recommended to have the well system and its components regularly inspected by a professional contractor.
Recommended Homeowner Maintenance
It is recommended that you always use either a certified or licensed professional well contractor. It is important when maintaining your well to annually check the water and test it for bacteria. If you notice a change in the taste, odor, or appearance of your water supply, it is crucial that you check the water to ensure safety. Always keep any hazardous chemicals, paint, fertilizer, pesticides, or motor oil a great distance away from your well. Take extra care when you mow or work around the surrounding well area. It is not recommended to pile leaves, snow, or other material around the area surrounding well.
- Test your well water one to two times a year.
- Have the well system, including the pump, storage tank, pipes and valves, and water flow, inspected every 10 years by a qualified well driller or pump installer.
- Test after any flooding in or near the well, to determine if flood water carried bacteria or other contaminants into the well system.
- Consider a vermin-proof well cap that will keep bugs out.
- White vinegar is a great disinfect that is now being used for well systems.
- There is such a thing as too much chlorine. You can actually put too much chlorine in your well and it can cause more problems than you already have. REMEMBER more chlorine is not always better.
- Place potential contaminants near your well or up-gradient of your well.
- Allow back-siphonage. When mixing pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals, don’t put the hose inside the tank or container.
- Use or store hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, motor oil, gas, weed killer and other pollutants near the well.
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These tips were meant to provide general information and are worded based on our personal experiences combined with online research. We always recommend calling a licensed, trained professional for specifics including warranty information, code requirements, precise instructional information, etc. Since we are a new home builder, some products, materials and processes may change over time and may vary in the different locations we build new homes.
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