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Tips for Purchasing Homes With Water Wells Installed

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re proud to serve as your comprehensive experts on all things water wells. From water well drilling and filter systems to well treatment and rehabilitation, we have you covered from start to finish when it comes to any well needs you may have.

One area we’ve been happy to assist clients with in the past, whether just in the form of offering some expertise or actually performing rehabilitation, is when they’re considering purchasing a home property that has an existing water well installed on it. If you’re in such a situation, here are a few important areas to ensure you cover before signing on the dotted line.

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Important Regulations

For starters, it’s vital to understand all regulations regarding water wells in your area. Certain states, and even certain townships, municipalities or homeowners’ associations, will have specific regulations that must be followed for sales on homes with water wells – these regulations often refer to testing the water on the site before the sale is made, but they could also involve other paperwork or details you have to check off. Ensure every part of this is done so you don’t run into legal issues after the purchase.

Water Quality Check

Whether or not it’s required by local regulations, we highly recommend having the water quality checked in a property’s well system before you purchase it. Just because the previous owners were using the water does not necessarily mean it meets your standards.

This can be done on your own, by taking a sample of water and sending it to a lab. You can also contact our team about simple testing formats we offer, which include a variety of areas from chlorine and fluoride content to copper, manganese, calcium and other mineral content.

Water Quantity Confirmation

On top of ensuring that the well’s water quality is high enough, you also need to make sure it has enough capacity to provide water for everyone in your home. Our team will be happy to check on the well’s flow rate for you and inform you of whether there will be a high enough water quantity to meet your needs, or whether additional capacity will be needed based on the size of your family or other occupants in the home.

Water Well Age

You should also inquire about the age of the well in question. Most water wells will last at optimal levels for between 35 and 50 years, but this can vary based on the quality of maintenance. Ask about not only the age, but also whether any equipment issues have taken place in the past. Our team will be happy to inspect various components to check for signs of wear and tear.

For more on how to proceed when considering purchasing a property with a water well installed on it, or to learn about any of our water well services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.

Preventing Well Water Freezing During Winter Season

All homeowners want to prevent any risks of frozen pipes or other water supply areas freezing during the Utah winter, and this is no different from those with a well water system on their property. Taking the proper steps to ensure your pipes and other water well components stay above freezing is vital for preventing pipe cracking, leaks and several other potential issues.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we’re here to help with everything from well service and repair to installing a new water well on your property. Let’s go over some general tips to prevent any freezing risks in or around your well water supply this winter.

preventing well water freezing winter

Pre-Winter Inspection

For starters, while it’s a bit too late to do this for this winter, you should have a basic inspection done on your well ahead of the winter. This involves inspecting the well, its pump, plus all pipes that provide transportation of water to and from the well. Identifying any issues that are taking place, such as leaks or insulation problems, goes a long way before the actual freezing temperatures hit, allowing you to make the proper repairs in time.

Piping Insulation

Whether inside the home or as part of the feeder system to and from the well, it’s vital to consider piping insulation as part of your pre-winter checklist. Pipes must be protected from what can be sub-freezing temperatures, with padding that’s meant for this sort of insulation.

Pipe insulation is not generally very expensive, and will provide fantastic value. If you leave your pipes unprotected, on the other hand, you risk freezing and bursting situations that come with an incredibly high cost to repair.

Temperature Maintenance

One good tip for ensuring pipes within your home do not freeze: Keep the home temperature consistent during the winter, usually at or around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. By contrast, if you allow the home to drop to freezing temperatures when no one is in it, you risk freezing pipes.

Let Faucets Drip

In most cases, a dripping faucet is an undesirable outcome. However, during the winter specifically, it’s okay to let your faucets drip just a bit every now and then – this will keep water flowing in pipes, which keeps the temperature high and avoids any pressure build-ups that might cause well water freezing.

Keep an Eye Out

Finally, throughout the winter, keep an eye on your entire well water system, from the pump to the visible pipes in your home. If you notice even a minor issue, contact our professionals for an inspection before the problem becomes much more significant.

For more on preventing freezing concerns with well water this winter, or to learn about any of our well water treatment or installation services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.