Dealing with water system maintenance when you have a well can present some unique challenges. We always want the supply from well water systems to be as healthy and clean as possible, and doing so demands that you know how to spot problems and address them. By following a few easy tips, you can keep your configuration working for many years to come.
Some indicators of trouble are easy to notice, such as changes in the color of the water or smells coming out of the tap. Others can be easy to dismiss, though, like when water pressure drops. For example, a system that has multiple pumps in it also has multiple points of potential failure. Even a small slowdown in the flow of water can produce an environment where bacteria have the potential to grow. If you notice a drop in pressure, it's a good idea to have a water system maintenance technician check things out.
You should be aware that all systems have potential sources of trouble. Just because a gravity-based system doesn't require a pump, for example, that doesn't presuppose that something else might not go wrong. The well itself will change over time with usage, and it's important to engage in consistent monitoring.
Schedule Regular Check-Ups
You should also have a regular testing regimen in place. At least once a year, you should test the quality of your water directly at the source and where it comes out of the tap. It's also a good idea to conduct testing after any extremes of weather. This includes checking wells after prolonged dry spells, heavy rains and even major snow melts.
Bear in mind that any task that calls for removing the cap carries with it the risk of bacterial contamination. Ask a professional to handle the job to ensure that everything will be done safely and thoroughly. They own equipment that can precisely test changes in backflow and pressure in order to verify that various components, such as pipes and pumps, are still in good shape.
Home testing kits to check issues at the tap will cost between $10 and $30. An annual inspection of a system should run between $100 and $120. If more advanced testing is required, you can expect to pay between $50 and $500, with the most expensive cases being ones where samples have to be sent to labs.