Whether you plan to retire in a rural area or have already done so, it’s important to familiarize yourself with water well maintenance. Most residents in rural areas rely on wells that pump fresh groundwater into their households. Take a moment to review the following information to give yourself a basic idea of what well maintenance entails and why it is important.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water Well Maintenance
How often does a well need maintenance?
Every year. In addition to annual inspections that check the well pump, casing, grout, cap, arrestors, and other major parts, you must schedule yearly well testing to ensure the safety of the water. Well testing checks for a wide range of contaminants including total coliforms, nitrates, fecal coliforms, and volatile organic compounds.
What are the signs I have a water issue?
Cloudy or brown, odorous, and poor-tasting water are among the most common signs indicating you have a well issue. Even if you do not experience these problems, schedule water testing as part of your well maintenance plan. Some contaminants, such as radon, are colorless, odorless, and tasteless.
Is there anything I can do to keep my well contaminant-free?
Ensure the soil surrounding the well always slopes down to prevent contaminant runoff issues. Keep motor oil, gasoline, garden and farming chemicals, paint, and all other liquid chemicals as far away from your well as you can, and periodically check the cap. It should always be about 1 foot off the ground.
I have low water pressure. Is my water source drying up?
While consistently low water pressure can be a sign the well is drying up, especially if your neighbors have had similar problems, it can also indicate mineral buildup that is restricting water flow. Leaking pipes could also be the issue. These problems generally take little time to address to keep your water streaming.
If you live in the Mason County, WA, area and require well maintenance, water testing, or other well services, contact Evergreen Well Drilling. The Shelton-based company has provided a wide range of reliable services for over 40 years. Call (360) 830-9005 today to schedule a free estimate or learn more about the business’s affordable and dependable services on their website.