If you've recently bought a home with a private well on the property, you're probably looking forward to having a reliable source of water as well as being free from increasingly rising water costs associated with depending on a public utility to get your water needs met. However, one of the tradeoffs for owning a private well is that you're the one responsible for the quality of the water that your family uses for drinking, cooking, and bathing. Here's what you need to know to help ensure that the water that comes out of your well is of optimal quality.
Have Your Well Professionally Serviced
Homeowners should take advantage of the services offered by professional water well contractors rather than attempting to fix problems with their wells themselves. Professionals use specialized equipment that homeowners don't have access to in order to diagnose and repair well issues, and they're also well trained. You also run the risk of exposing yourself to electrocution if you try to work on a well that is powered by a submersible pump.
Even if your well is running smoothly and showing no obvious problems, it's a good idea to have it serviced on an annual basis. Professionals can spot potential problems and fix them before they become big issues. They also ensure that your well water doesn't contain bacteria that may be harmful to household members.
How You Can Help Maintain a Healthy Well
However, just because it's best to let the professionals do the heavy lifting when it comes to well maintenance doesn't mean that there isn't anything you can do on your end to ensure the well-being of your well. For instance, you should periodically check the well cap to make certain that it hasn't come loose -- a loose well cap makes it easier for contaminants to creep in. Also, make sure it hasn't developed any cracks or holes since the last time it was inspected.
One of the most important things that you can do to keep your well water pure and clean is to store contaminants such as fertilizer, motor oil, and other items containing potentially hazardous chemicals as far away from your well as possible -- and preferably in a downhill location so they will flow away from your well in the event that there's an accidental spill. If these substances are spilled, they can contaminate your groundwater and access your well.