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Protection Areas for Preventing Water Well Contamination

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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.