A private well can keep a family supplied with fresh, clean water for decades, and fortunately, keeping that vital source of water healthy and functional doesn't have to be a complex process. All it requires is a little basic care. Here are three care tips to help you and your new well get off to a great start.
1. Don't Expect City Water, But Do Ensure High Quality
City water is treated by the municipal water treatment facilities and tested to ensure that it's potable. A well doesn't have that treatment process in place, so it may be considerably different than what you're used to. For one thing, it's not going to taste like chemicals. Your well may also have dissolved minerals that change its taste.
If you don't like the taste, you can use filters and other treatments to remove minerals, though it’s not necessary since they’re probably harmless. However, just because water comes from far under the ground doesn't necessarily mean it doesn't require treatments to make it safe to drink. Experts recommend testing a new well before use.
Also, if the appearance or taste changes over time, you shouldn't assume that it's okay because you had it tested once or because well water is supposed to taste different from city water. Wells can become contaminated, so you'll need to remember to also test your water at regular intervals and whenever you notice any changes.
You should either schedule your testing far in advance or make a habit of testing your water at a certain time of the year to help you remember. For example, this designated time could be at the beginning or end of Daylight Savings Time, at a certain holiday (such as Mother's Day), or at the end of the school year.
2. Consult Your Contractor About Weather Protection
The amount of protection your well will need from the weather depends on not just the overall climate but also on your microclimate and how sheltered your well head's location is. Your contractor can help you assess the amount of insulation and heating that may be required.
If you have the type of pump that's situated far down the well, you'll need to focus on protecting the pipes that stick up at the well head; not only can they keep you from getting any water if they freeze but the freezing can also be harmful to the pump even though it's further down the well.
A well pump cover is the minimum advisable protection. In some circumstances you may need an insulated well house, perhaps with a heat source such as a small lightbulb, to make extra sure you don't have problems in cold snaps.
3. Remember to Service the Well Pump
You probably have a deep well submersible pump (the type mentioned above that sits far down in the well). It's a popular type of well pump in modern times, but it's also a machine that requires frequent maintenance. Just like your car and HVAC system, regular maintenance can keep it in shape and take care of issues before they grow into bigger ones.
Not only does keeping your well maintained help prevent bigger repair needs in future, but it also helps keep you healthy. A well that's damaged and neglected can allow the water supply to become contaminated, and making sure that doesn't happen is an important part of keeping yourself and your family safe.
If you'd like more information about well inspections, water treatments, or other well services we offer, get in touch now and we'll be happy to help you with whatever you need.