Preventative Maintenance

Many of us receive annual medical check-ups by our family physician, but when was the last time your water well was checked by a licensed water well contractor? Many homeowners take their drinking water for granted and have expectations of a limitless flow of water, and most water systems are not inspected until it is required for a real estate transaction or refinancing.

Preventative maintenance is the key to insuring your water well system continues to function properly and safely. A well contractor can easily evaluate your water system, usually in less than 30 minutes. .

Preventative Measures
Here are some of the preventative measures you can do yourself to avoid future water problems in your home:
  1. Collect a water sample from your water well at least once a year. Test for coliform bacteria and nitrates, which are the two primary indicators of drinking water safety. The water samples should be analyzed by a state certified laboratory.
  2. Look at your pressure tank, check for leaks and tank cycling. Pressure tank cycling is identified by a “click, click” sound made by the pressure switch when the pump turns on. A cycling pressure tank greatly reduces the life of a submersible pump and may either need to be recharged with compressed air or need replacement. A licensed well contractor can do this work for you.
  3. Check your well cap to insure the cap is not loose. Check for openings or holes in the well cap, casing and the electrical conduit.
  4. If you have a water softener, keep your brine tank full with salt. Use clean white salt pellets instead of the less expensive gray rock salt. Always reset the water softener timer after each power outage so the softener does not backwash during normal hours of use.
  5. If you suddenly experience low water pressure contact a licensed well contractor to diagnose the problem. The problem could be as simple as a valve that was left partially closed or something more serious as a bad submersible pump.
  6. If your water well is located in a pit or vault below the ground surface periodically check the well pit for flooding. If the well pit is flooded and the cause of flooding could not be determined and or easily repaired contact a licensed well contractor to bring the well up to code by extending the well casing out of the pit or vault. If a pit floods, the wellhead may become submerged with the possibility of your water well becoming contaminated. After all the work is completed make sure someone collects a water sample to test for coliform bacteria and nitrates. Water sample bottles can be picked up at the Lake County Central Permit Center.
Taking these simple steps can help extend the life expectancy of your water well system, save you money and the potential inconvenience of not having water and can help insure your water is safe to drink.