For many years water well maintenance didn't exist unless there was a problem and your spigots went dry. You may have lived where a well was the only source of water and assumed it didn't require any additional work as long as the supply continued. Unfortunately, these are both wrong assumptions, and you do need to take care of this resource.

1. Perform Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance may seem a little costly, but it is financially beneficial long-term as it prevents things from unexpectedly going wrong and leading to costly repairs. If you notice any changes in the way your well water tastes or smells, it is time for a service call. You should perform an inspection annually that should include a test for bacteria.

2. Keep the Area Clear

Be sure no hazardous materials are close to the well. This includes:

  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizer
  • Motor oil

If you are mixing chemicals, be sure you don't place a water hose in the container.

3. Check the Well Cap

Take the time to inspect the cap or cover of your well for any damages such as a crack. If the well cover or cap is cracked, this provides an entry point for foreign objects. The bigger the crack is, the more the cap or cover is allowing to enter your well water. Once foreign objects enter your well water, they can create all sorts of problems such as the growth of bacteria. If you were to drop the cap, cover or anything else into the well, consider calling a professional, like, to get it back out for you.

4. Never Use Bleach

There was a time where homeowners would service their own well by pouring bleach down it if the water did not taste right or looked strange. It is in your best interest to have your well serviced and cleaned by a professional. They are going to have the proper tools and supplies to clean your well and well water without contaminating anything. The problem with servicing the well yourself is you have no way of knowing if you got all of the bleach back out of the water.

With these four tips any homeowner can maintain his or her well water for years to come. The best thing you can do for yourself in the long run is call a professional to come out to check and clean the well water from time to time. If you don't know the last time you had your well water tested or cleaned, reach out to a professional to make this happen.