Are you new to owning a private water well? If you’re used to public water and sewer lines, then you may not be aware of how much upkeep a private water well requires.
That’s why we’re putting together this brief overview of well maintenance. Let it be your starter guide to well ownership. Before you know it, you’ll be a pro!
Here’s what you need to do to keep your water well safe and healthful:
- Get an annual inspection. This is non-negotiable. Every year, you must have a professional inspect and test your well for mechanical problems, structural defects, and hazardous water contaminants (including bacteria, viruses, parasites, nitrates/nitrites, heavy metals, organic chemicals, etc.)
- Test your well in case of frequent illness. If you or any of your household members are experiencing frequent bouts of gastrointestinal sickness, your well water may be contaminated with dangerous microorganisms.
- Test your well if water quality changes. If you notice a change in the appearance, smell, or taste of your water, test your well for environmental contamination or a leak.
- Keep all hazardous materials as far away from your well as possible. This includes paint, fertilizer, pesticides, motor oil, and other chemicals.
- Have a contractor or verify that your well is properly located. If the well was built long before you bought your property, you may not be aware of your well’s location in proximity to your home, waste system, or nearby chemical storage. You want to make sure there is sufficient distance between your well and any of these structures.
- Regularly check the top of your well. It should always be covered and remain at least one foot aboveground.
- Stay up to date on New York State’s private well recommendations and localized water concerns. Bookmark this resource from the NYS Department of Health.
- After your well exceeds 20 years of age, consult with a well contractor. Most wells are serviceable for around 20 years, at which point a new well may need to be drilled and installed.
At first glance, this list can feel overwhelming. However, if you mark your calendar and turn routine maintenance into a habit, maintaining your well will start to feel much more manageable.
And if you’re still feeling shaky about any of the above points, give a call to Goold Wells & Pumps! We’re always here to help folks in Columbia County, the Capital District, the Berkshires, and beyond. Better yet, ask about signing up for a well maintenance plan!