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What is a Well Inspection & Do I Need One?

Think of your well like a car. Your car will run if you don’t change your oil, but it will break down over time and cost you more in the long run. If you own a private well, you should consider inspecting it annually.

We strongly recommend getting your well checked every 12-18 months. This will save you from any unknown problems going unkempt, and taking big bucks out of your pocket down the road.

Let us explain why a well inspection is essential, what to keep an eye out for, what to expect, what is checked, and general maintenance. Why it’s essential:

The health and safety of your family are a priority. If you own a private well, you rely on that instead of city water for your supply. With city water, the water is treated before reaching homes. Well water comes from the ground and needs to stay clean, and this happens through general maintenance and annual inspections. A good well can last about 30-50 years if properly taken care of.

Signs you need an inspection and maintenance:

You should keep an eye on the following to maintain a good working well and be on top of things if issues arise. Some signs you may need an inspection are:

  • Change in taste

  • Lack of water pressure

  • Constant running

  • Dirty or cloudy water

  • Air in the pipes

  • Little to no water flow

What to expect:

This is typically a one-hour service call; we won’t take too much of your time. We do a top-to-bottom inspection of your well's flow rate, water pressure, electrical, control box, and even a water quality test.

How to maintain your well:

Maintaining the well is important so that it keeps working and keeps the water healthy for the family. Keep hazardous chemicals away from your well, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and motor oil.

Always maintain proper separation between your well and buildings, waste systems, or chemical storage facilities. Don’t allow back-siphonage. Don’t put the hose inside the tank or container when mixing pesticides, fertilizers, or other chemicals.

Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing (well) to ensure it is in good repair.

Keep the top of your well at least one foot above the ground when landscaping. Slope the ground away from your well for proper drainage. Take care in working or mowing around your well. A damaged casing could jeopardize sanitary protection. Don’t pile snow, leaves, or other materials around your well.

Be aware of changes in your well, the surrounding area, or the water it provides. When your well has come to the end of its serviceable life (usually more than 20 years), have your qualified water well contractor properly seal your well after constructing your new system.

The Longevity of your well:

Your well is an integral part of your home. It provides the water that you drink, cook with, and bathe in, so it is crucial to keep it clean. Maintenance and having an inspection once a year will allow your well to last a few decades.

If it’s been more than a year, get in touch with us (928-237-4372), so we can inspect your well and make sure everything is up to code. You could avoid significant, costly repairs by taking this small step to ensure a safe well!

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