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Having water problems or no water? Don't make the mistake of calling an electricion or plumber to service your well, call a well specialist today to set up an appointment for our water well & pump repair services or if you have further questions. Whether you need water well repair, maintenance, or installations and other services, Capital Well & Pump is here for all of your water well needs.
Tips for Maintaining Your Water Well
Tips for Finding a Qualified Contractor
- Water Well Service & Repair
- Water Well Maintenance
- Water Well Inspections
- Water Well Chlorinations
- Well Pump Service and Repair
- Water Well Purging
- Water Well Chlorinations
- Water Tank Installation
- Sell and install parts
Water Well Anatomy
Tips for Maintaining Your Water Well
Suppose you're a private well owner in Anywhere, USA. Perhaps you've moved out to the country to get away from urban sprawl and found yourself the proud owner of a water well for the first time. Or maybe you've relied upon a water well most your life. Either way, you probably don't have an owner's manual that goes with your well. That seems okay until you need help. It's at times like those that you'll wish you knew some basics about water well system maintenance.
When well owners try to service their own wells, they usually fail to solve the problem or make it worse. Qualified professional water well system contractors use specialized equipment, materials, and techniques to keep well systems operational and water supplies safe. At Capital Well and Pump we've heard countless stories of well-intentioned homeowners fouling up their wells in an attempt to fix a problem.
For instance, there's the gentleman who poured six gallons of bleach down his well to get rid of an odor in the water. After flushing thousands of gallons of water out of his well, the odor he was unable to eliminate was the bleach. Moreover, every time a well owner removes a well cap and attempts to service the well in some way, there's the potential to unwittingly introduce bacterial or other contamination into the well.
There's also the potential for dropping objects (tools for instance) into the well, getting the pump stuck in an effort to replace it, or even electrocution when working with submersible pumps.
It's always best to contact a qualified professional water well systems contractor to conduct any kind of service on your well.
Often, it's human nature to be pennywise and pound-foolish, particularly where privately owned water wells are concerned. The NGWA conducted a poll not too long ago, and the results confirmed what we expected: 80 percent of those responding had never had a well maintenance inspection. What often happens is that a small, easily correctable problem becomes a large, inconvenient, much more expensive problem. Treating your water well system this way would be like never having an auto mechanic look under the hood of your car until a catastrophic breakdown.
Few people argue that preventive maintenance is unwise. The problem is that few people follow through on their own. It's common sense when it comes to preventive maintenance for their own water well system. What makes this doubly important for well owners is that you're consuming what comes out of that well. So it's a matter of health as well as convenience and cost. This is a good idea whether you're getting a well maintenance check-up or service for a specific issue. A well maintenance check-up should include four components. First, is a flow test to determine system output, along with a check of the water level before and during pumping (if possible), pump motor performance (check amp load, grounding, and line voltage), pressure tank and pressure switch contact, and general water quality (odor, cloudiness, etc.).
Next, is an inspection of well equipment to assure that it is sanitary and meets local code requirements.
Here's a Homeowner's well maintenance checklist from Capital Well and Pump.• Always use licensed or certified water well drillers and pump installers when a well is constructed, a pump is installed, or the system is serviced.
• An annual well maintenance check.
• Keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides and motor oil away from your well.
• Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing (well) to ensure it is in good repair.
• Always maintain proper separation between your well and buildings, waste systems, or chemical storage facilities. Your professional contractor knows the rules.
• Don't allow back-siphonage. When mixing pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals, don't put the hose inside the tank or container.
• When landscaping, keep the top of your well at least one foot above the ground. Slope the ground away from your well for proper drainage.
• Take care in working or mowing around your well. A damaged casing could jeopardize the sanitary protection of your well. Don't pile snow, leaves or other materials around your well.
• Keep your well records in a safe place. These include the construction report, as well as annual water well system maintenance.
• Be aware of changes in your well, the area around your well, or the water it provides.
Tips for Finding a Qualified Water Well Contractor
When your well has come to the end of its serviceable life (usually more than 20 years), have your qualified water well contractor properly seal your well after constructing your new system. When your well needs service, make the effort to find a qualified water well systems contractor. Here are some considerations:
• Florida is a state that licenses water well system contractors, make sure you select a licensed contractor to perform the work.
• Does the contractor submit well logs? A well log is a document filed at completion of a new well that contains vital information on the history of the well and the ground surrounding it
• Does the contractor have adequate equipment in good condition to do the job?
• Does the contractor have adequate liability and worker's compensation insurance to protect you?
• Is the contractor familiar with applicable health and safety codes?
• What is the contractor's reputation with previous customers? Don't be afraid to ask for references.
• This last point is very important. Unless you know what a contractor will do for his specified price, you cannot compare offers and decide which one to hire
• The diameter and thickness of the casing used
• The type of well development and yield evaluation procedures used
• The type of well cap or seal used
• The disinfection procedure
• Clean-up procedures, including all material abandoned at the drill site
• An anticipated start date for drilling
• A guarantee of materials and workmanship
Also, the contractor should itemize charges. When your well needs maintenance, have the contractor explain the problem so that you understand it, then explore options for correcting the problem. Sometimes well owners get frustrated because they don't understand their water well system and, therefore, don't understand what's wrong with it when service is required. Sometimes the well owner doesn't ask questions or the contractor doesn't adequately explain the problem and/or solutions.