Home and business owners who own and maintain their own private water well system to supply their water needs are eliminating the need to purchase water from a municipal supply and pay monthly usage fees associated with doing so. While being free from paying monthly water bills represents significant savings over time, private well owners must accept the responsibility of maintaining the entire system and making any needed repairs as they arise.
Fortunately, water well maintenance can be relatively low in cost to provide. If you own a private well system to provide water for a home or business, the following tips can help you continue to enjoy a safe, dependable source of water at an affordable cost.
Protect component health with periodic inspections
Water well pumps and the components necessary to bring water from under the ground and store it safely for use are designed to provide many years of service. Like all machines, however, evidence of wear and repair issues can arise at any time. Scheduling an annual inspection performed by a reputable well system maintenance service is a proactive way for well owners to discover developing problems and have them corrected before complete failure or costly damage to the water well system can occur.
Protect the system by dealing with risk factors
Private water well system owners can also help maintain their systems by being alert for risk factors that could threaten the health of the well and its components. For example, unrepaired plumbing leaks, including leaking pipes, taps, or toilets can waste large amounts of water. Since the well pump and its components are tasked with supplying the excess water used by leaky plumbing pipes and fixtures, they will be more likely to wear out faster and need replacement or repairs.
Protect water quality with good maintenance
Another maintenance task that water well system owners must address is the use of purification or filtration to enhance and protect water quality. If the water is hard, filtration or treatment may be needed to reduce mineral content and make the water less damaging to plumbing pipes, fixtures, and appliances.
Water with high sediment levels or an unhealthy bacteria content may require periodic maintenance servicing to test the water or monitor purifying equipment, such as whole-house filtration units or ultraviolet light systems capable of killing bacteria.
Private water well system owners interested in learning more should contact a water well maintenance services provider, such as Golden Gate Well Drilling & Water Conditioning, in their area.