A little preventive water well maintenance will go a long way toward keeping your system in good working order.
Scheduling an annual or twice-yearly inspection is critical. With a professional well contractor inspecting your system on a regular basis, you will minimize the risks of costly repairs and inconvenient breakdowns.
Between inspections, taking a few simple maintenance measures can also help protect your water well system.
Keep a Water Well File
Do you have easy access to all of the information related to your system?
If not, create a file or three-ring binder for all of your records. Keeping up with routine inspections and diagnosing problems is much simpler with your water quality and treatment system reports in one place, along with your construction and maintenance documents.
Protect the Well Head
Well head protection is an important maintenance step for preserving water quality.
To safeguard your system against contaminants and pollutants, install a sanitary well cap. Check the cap periodically for cracks or evidence of tampering and, if you spot a potential problem, contact your professional well contractor as soon as possible.
Store Hazardous Materials Far Away
This may sound obvious, but potential contaminants shouldn’t be placed or stored anywhere near a water well system. Pesticides, fertilizers and fuel tanks, for example, need to be stored at least 100 feet away from your well head. Also take care never to store or apply any dangerous chemicals uphill from the system.
For advice on storing other hazardous materials on your property, check with your well contractor.
Maintain Your Septic System
Septic system maintenance is an essential part of well maintenance and safety.
Septic systems are designed to dispose of waste without affecting the groundwater supply. If you fail to take proper care of your septic system, however, you could end up with a contamination problem. Have your septic system inspected periodically, to ensure everything is working correctly.
Test the Water Quality Regularly
When you own a private system, monitoring and maintaining the water quality is your responsibility.
Government agencies and programs only test the municipal water supply – not private systems. Have your system tested for contaminants at least once per year. To make the task easier, consider scheduling water quality testing along with your regular well inspections.
Do you have questions about water well maintenance, or do you need to schedule a well inspection or water quality testing? Throughout Utah and Wyoming, the Z-Team of Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC has a reputation for providing quality service and exceptional customer care at an affordable price.
With over 30 years of experience, Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC understands how to keep your system safe and in great working condition. Contact our Salt Lake City office today to schedule a consultation with an expert professional well contractor, or to learn more simple water well maintenance strategies.