Have you recently moved to a home that has a well? Is this the first time that you've lived in a house that wasn't connected to a city water supply? Being able to drink well water can be great. It can taste much cleaner and fresher than the water that you've been consuming in the city. But in order to make sure that it stays that way, there are a few things that you'll need to do to take care of your well. Fortunately, these things aren't difficult. A few things to remember include:
Test your water annually: Although your water may be clean and near perfect right now, the same may not hold true in the future. Heavy rains and flooding can cause bacteria-laden water to be washed into wells, where it can be picked up by well pumps and sent into homes. In order to make sure that your water is still free of bacteria and chemicals, you should have your water tested at least every spring. If your area gets heavy summer rains instead, however, you should have your well water tested at that time instead of just after spring.
Don't mess with your well: For the untrained amateur, trying to fix problems with your well or well pumps can be dangerous. If you don't follow proper procedures, you could inadvertently introduce contamination into your well. This could be bacterial or you could knock something into the well shaft accidentally. In addition, since water and electricity don't mix, you're also running the risk of accidental electrocution if you try to service your own well pumps. Leave the repairs and maintenance to qualified professionals in order to avoid accidentally causing even more problems than what you originally had.
Get regular maintenance: It can be difficult to decide to call out your local well pump repair technician just to fix a "little" problem, but it's something that needs to be done. Without paying for relatively inconsequential repairs now, the issues could build up to the point where the entire well pump breaks down. If you've gone long enough without proper maintenance, you could wind up spending money that you don't really have in order to replace a well pump that should have lasted for a longer period of time. As with testing the well water itself, have a professional check over the well pump on at least an annual basis just to confirm that everything is working as it should.
For more information, contact local professionals like County Pump & Supply Co.