Well Water Maintenance: Why Should You Have Your Well Inspected?

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If you recently purchased a home with a well on the property, you might have many questions about how to use the well properly. Although it's important to know how to use your well effectively, you also need to maintain it properly with regular professional inspections. Here are important reasons why you should have your well professionally inspected. 

Why Inspect Your Well?

Inspections not only help your well stay functional, the exams can prevent or keep dangerous pathogens from entering or growing inside your well's water. Pathogens, such as coliform bacteria, could potentially make your water unsafe to use. 

There are many types of coliform bacteria found inside the soil surrounding your well. Some of these pathogens can cause intestinal infections and other illnesses, including E.coli, or Escherichia coli. Like E.coli, many coliform bacteria are found in human and animal fecal matter. Fecal matter can enter your well if it's improperly maintained and inspected. 

Chemicals and fertilizers can also enter your well at different times, including during heavy flooding. Surface water can soak into your well's soil over time. The contaminated water may enter your well and mix with the water inside it. Unless your water appears cloudy or discolored, you might not know that it's contaminated.

Inspections can help detect the issues above before they cause problems for your family.

How Do You Inspect Your Well?

There are many steps to completing or performing a well inspection properly. The first step may include examining the housing and material of your well to see if it sustained any damage over the years. The previous owner of the home may or may not have inspected the well. If the well does have problems, an inspection will locate them quickly. 

The next step in the inspection process may include testing the water inside the well. The test can reveal whether or not your water contains dangerous pathogens, chemicals, or other signs of contamination. If your water does have problems, a well water contractor can treat it. 

You may need to test your well's pump during the inspection. Well water pumps and their motors can give out if they're too old or deteriorated. An ailing or struggling well pump can prevent you from using your water completely, or it can experience electrical and other serious problems. You want to prevent all of these issues before they occur.

If you're ready to inspect or service your well, contact a contractor, such as Golden Gate Well Drilling & Water Conditioning, near you today.

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