Homeowners with well water must pay careful attention to their water quality and well condition at all times. Unlike municipal water supplies, well water receives no treatments or sanitization unless the homeowner chooses to do so. That's why it's important that every homeowner with well water understand the importance of routine maintenance and inspections. Here are a few common situations that necessitate an inspection and well water maintenance.
It Has Been A While Since Your Last Quality Test
Quality testing for well water should be a routine part of every well owner's maintenance schedule. At least once a year, you should schedule a routine quality test to ensure that your water is safe to drink and free of any contaminants. If it's been a while since your last test, consider scheduling one today.
You Notice Changes In Your Water
Any change in the color, odor, or taste of your water is a sign that something has changed either within the well and its water supply or in your plumbing system itself. The only way to determine the source of the problem accurately and efficiently is through routine well maintenance. Testing and inspections will uncover any problems within the well itself or rule out the water supply as the source of the issue.
Your Family Is Suffering With Gastrointestinal Symptoms
Although gastrointestinal symptoms may be indicative of other viruses, especially during flu season, it is important that you don't dismiss your well water as a possible source. The more you understand about well water contamination and the possible effects of bacteria, the easier it is to see why routine well maintenance and testing is so important. If your family is struggling with recurring gastrointestinal symptoms, consider a maintenance and testing appointment for your well.
There Has Been Severe Weather Or Flooding
Heavy rains, severe weather, flooding, and runoff can all negatively affect the quality of well water. Sometimes, these hazards affect the water table and lead to the contamination of wells that draw from that water table. This is especially concerning if you live in a farming community where you risk runoff contamination from pesticides, herbicides, or livestock waste. After any severe weather, well maintenance should be a top priority.
These are just a few of the most important things to understand when it comes to maintaining your home's well. The more proactive you are about recognizing warning signs, the safer and healthier your home's water source is likely to be.
For more information, contact a water system maintenance company near you.