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The Importance of Regular Well Maintenance: Why It’s Essential to Keep Your Well in Good Condition

The Importance of Regular Well Maintenance: Why It's Essential to Keep Your Well in Good Condition

For homes built off the city grid, wells are the go-to source of water. Well water is reliable, clean, and easily accessible if properly maintained. All homeowners should have plumbing maintained annually. Well owners must also invest in annual well maintenance.

Well inspections help homeowners diagnose and treat conditions that could cause:

  • Water disruption
  • Illness
  • Poor water pressure
  • Leaks and flooding

At Blue Heron Water Treatment and Well Service, we know a few things about wells in Bucks County, PA, and surrounding areas. Here, we’ll break down well maintenance and why it’s so important to keep water clean and flowing.

Keep Out the Contaminants

One of the main reasons wells require regular inspection is to keep water clean and drinkable. Water is used for so many things at home. From washing dishes and cleaning the house to washing your body and hydrating your family. The last thing you want in your well system is pollution or bacteria.

Some of the things to check for during annual well maintenance are:

  • Nitrates
  • Radon
  • Coliform
  • Arsenic
  • E. coli

The overall cleanliness of the well is also important. Mold and mildew are other issues to avoid in well water. Although filters in the water system strain out most debris, a clean well is less likely to contain contaminants.

Keep You Apprised of Upcoming Costs

Wells are made up of many working parts. These parts have different shelf lives depending on the jobs they do. Regular well maintenance keeps you up to date on the inner workings of your well.

A well expert can tell you which parts might need to be replaced in the near future and give you a realistic quote for repairs. Knowing the future of your well and potential repair costs allows you to better budget and plan.

Maintain pH

The pH of your well plays a big role in the flavor of your water and its reaction to your pipes. pH is influenced by metals in your water. Things like lead, cadmium, iron, copper, and zinc might be evident in small amounts.

If the pH of your well is under 7, it’s acidic. Acidic water is harsh on your water distribution system. It corrodes pipes faster and creates a metallic/sour taste in the water. It’s also bad for your body and could make you sick.

The US Environmental Protection Agency recommends a pH of 6.5 to 9 for drinking water. The Government of Canada recommends 7 to 10.5. Testing your well water regularly ensures drinking water remains safe and within these recommended standards.

Retain Water Flow

Water is something many of us take for granted as an unlimited resource. The truth is, there are many places where water isn’t as bountiful as we might think. Dry, hot weather can be a big problem for well users. If there’s a drought or things get dry, your well might not be so forthcoming anymore.

Regular maintenance on your well helps monitor the flow of water. An expert can tell things like:

  • How much water is left
  • If water is flowing the way it should
  • Whether you need to invest in a secondary water source, such as a well management system or a booster pump to enhance water harvesting

Keeping water flowing to your home is crucial to the comfort and wellness of your family. If things get dry and you’re worried about the well, schedule an extra inspection for peace of mind.

Prevent Leaks and Damage

A well only works so long as the water inside is safely contained. Cracks in the foundation, leaks in pipes, and damage to other components all lead to long-term problems. Inspecting your well and surrounding area regularly monitors these potential hazards.

Well damage impacts you in many ways, such as:

  • Leaks and flooding on your property
  • Contamination from bacteria and debris entering the well
  • Loss of water pressure
  • Costly repairs

Nip these problems in the bud by having your well inspected for risks of leaks and damage before they happen.

Prolong the Life of Your Well

We talked about well maintenance, helping maintain pH, and monitoring damage. Both of these factors add to the life of your well. The average life of a well can be anywhere from 30 years to 50 years, depending on upkeep.

The pump, casing, screen, distribution line, drop pipe, and other components will wear out before the physical well. Using high-quality components in your well also prolongs its life. The fewer damaged parts, blocks, or corrosion your well experiences, the longer you’ll have it.

Contact Blue Heron to Learn More 

If you own a well in Bucks County, PA or surrounding areas, we can help. Contact us to learn more about the benefits of regular well maintenance and to schedule your inspection today.

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