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How To Get The Longest Life Out Of Your Water Well System

by Ryan Wright

If you've got a well that provides water to your home, you know it can be a pretty large inconvenience if something goes wrong. If you're all of a sudden without any water at all, it can impact just about every aspect of your day. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help prolong the life of your system.

  • Like with almost anything in your home, preventative water well maintenance is the best thing you can do for your well. Unfortunately, a home's well is often "out of sight and out of mind," and people don't give it a second thought until something goes wrong. But your well should be checked each year for mechanical issues, and the water tested for bacteria. In addition, your system should be tested if you notice a change in the color, odor, or taste of your water.
  • Store hazardous chemicals like any paint, cleaner, oil, or lawn chemicals far away from your well. These products can seep into the ground and not only affect the quality of your water, but your well itself. Make sure these things are kept far away from where you well is.
  • Be careful of backwards siphoning. If you're adding water from a hose to a container of chemicals, don't submerge the hose completely in the container. Once you turn off the water, the hose could act like a siphon and take the chemical backwards into your water supply.
  • If you're landscaping the area around your well, keep the top of the well one foot above ground and one foot away from and plants or trees. The artificial rocks seen on so many wells not only serve an aesthetic purpose, but serve to keep the well free from debris as well.  Check the well cover to ensure that it's in good condition. If you have plants

Making sure that your well has regular preventative maintenance along with all of these other tips will make sure you're getting as much life out of your system as possible. Of course, even if you do take these tips into consideration, a well will eventually break down over time. A well is a repair that's probably too difficult for most homeowners, so it's probably best to trust the professionals with this one. They've probably seen dozens of situations like yours, and know exactly how to make sure the repair gets done correctly the first time.

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