Monthly Archives: June 2019

Protection Areas for Preventing Water Well Contamination

When it comes to any home or building that uses water wells for water supply, ensuring the safety and cleanliness of this water is vital. Through a combination of proper cleaning and decontamination practices, you can keep yourself and your entire family consuming and utilizing clean, healthy water.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re here to help with any and all related water well services, from well pumps to general well rehabilitation and much more. In addition to being prepared to clean and properly decontaminate any well areas, ensuring water quality also involves a few preventive methods. Let’s go over how you can protect your system from contaminants before they ever reach it.

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General Chemical Protection

One of the primary potential contaminants to well water is a variety of chemicals, which may seep into wells through various sources. Some of the top such sources are pesticides and fertilizers, which are used on nearby grounds in some cases and can seep into the well this way. This is a particular risk if your property has sandy or gravel-like soil, which allows for this kind of seepage easily.

If your property fits this description, consider how you can reduce the use of such pesticides and fertilizers near the well. If you absolutely cannot, we highly recommend re-soiling with a type that doesn’t allow for such easy seepage.

Don’t Over-Pump

One of the top human-related causes of contamination reaching the well is over-pumping it. For older systems, you’ll need to run a pumping test to figure out what a safe and efficient pumping range is. For newer ones, we’ll test your pump system in advance and inform you of the sustainable pumping range you want to remain in.

Well Pit Removal

In certain cases, older wells on your property may have what’s called a well pit included in its build. In previous generations, this was a vital part of the well, allowing the pressure system to operate without risk of frost during the cold winter.

Unfortunately, it was eventually realized that these pits actually were a major source of well contamination. Instead, modern pitless adaptor systems are used to allow the pressure system to operate without frost risk during the winter. If your well still has a pit, contact our pros right away to remove it.

Testing the Well

Finally, testing the well for various contaminants is a vital task that should be performed regularly. The exact tests that will need to be done may depend slightly on factors like the depth of your well or other factors, which our pros are happy to explain to you in detail.

For more on protecting your well from potential contaminants, or to learn about any of our well treatment services, speak to the pros at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Answering Common Questions About Well Drilling

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service, LLC, we’re proud to offer the top water wells and well drilling services in Utah. We utilize rotary drilling and other modern technology to create a brand new, clean, high-functioning well for your property.

For most who utilize our well services, this is their first experience in this realm. As a result, we naturally get a number of basic questions on the process, all of which we’re happy to answer while informing our clients of all the potential benefits associated with water wells. Here are some of the most frequent questions we get, plus some basic answers to get you started down the path toward installing a well on your property.

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How Long Will it Take?

This is probably our most common question, and while we can give better answers in each individual circumstance, we have to slightly defer here – the real answer is that it depends. Factors like your soil quality, the depth of well you desire, your water table and several others will all play a role in determining exactly how long our drilling process will take.

Our well professionals will consult with you and analyze your property to give you a better estimate when the time comes. Remember that this process will also involve testing for safety from contaminants.

Are There Any Special or Particular Operating Requirements?

The drilling and well installation process is a perfect time to ask our technicians any questions you have about operating the well. Have you never operated a well before? If so, we’re happy to show you the basic requirements, plus any other specific areas of your well that you’ll need additional expertise in.

Are Filters Required?

Many well water sources are safe for drinking on their own, but it’s always good to consider filtration as an added precaution against contaminants. One of the most common here is iron, which shows up in hard water and can create issues ranging from harmful buildups to a poor odor. Filters will keep away not only iron, but also numerous other potential chemicals or contaminants that could threaten your health.

How Often Should I Test the Well?

Finally, the drilling and installation process is one where you should leave completely clear on how often you need to test the well water for contaminants. While we will perform such a test initially upon installation, regular testing for various contaminants is vital to ensure your water stays clean and healthy at all times. Particularly if you notice any changes in taste, smell, color or other areas of the water quality, you should test it right away to see if any contaminants have seeped in.

For more answers to common well drilling questions, or to learn about any of our well services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service, LLC today.