Three Things You Should Know About Owning a Water Well

Three Things You Should Know About Owning a Water WellWater is something that most people take for granted.  We can pour ourselves a glass of water or hop in the shower knowing that the water will be there.  It’s rare for people to spare an extra thought about how that water process works to give us clean and safe water.

If you have well water, that process is much different if you have municipal water.  A few major differences include how that water was obtained, maintenance methods for water wells, and the repairs that may become necessary with water wells.  If you have a water well for your home, here are a few things you should know.

The Basics of Your Water Well

One thing every water well owner should know is the basics behind how their well works.  A water well is drilled deep into the ground and pulls water up from an aquifer beneath the ground.  That water is distributed through pipes that extend through the aquifer. 

When your water well is placed, a few factors are taken into consideration.  The depth that your water well needs to be to reach safe drinking water is one major concern.  A water well that is drilled too shallow runs the risk of contaminants seeping into the water supply from fertilizer on the ground above. 

Maintenance Requirements For Water Wells

Another important thing to know regarding your water well is the maintenance required for your water well.  As the owner of your well, it falls on you to ensure that you schedule a time to have your routine maintenance done.  Well water should be tested annually to check the water quality and ensure that bacteria like E. Coli isn’t present in your well water.

The area surrounding your water well should also be inspected annually to ensure that there are no visible signs of damage to your water well.  It’s important to make sure that the area within 100 feet of your water well is clear of debris or pollutants which may put your water well at risk of contamination.

If a Problem Arises

Sometimes in the course of owning your water well, a problem may arise.  One problem that some water well owners face is the decrease in the pressure of their water.  If the pressure of your water well has decreased, it’s important to have an expert come to assess the situation.  One possible solution for low water pressure would be the addition of a constant pressure system. 

Another issue to address with your water well is the presence of obvious stains, odors, or tastes in your well water.  Again, you’ll want to call a professional water well contractor to examine your water well to determine the cause of your water problems.

It may sound like a lot of work to own a water well, but it comes down to having a water well company that you can trust to help you test maintain your water well.  Here at Ries Well Drilling, we not only install your water well, we help you with the regular maintenance or repairs required.  Give us a call today at (586) 784-9516 to schedule your water well maintenance.

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