The Importance of Water Well Maintenance

Water wells play a vital role in providing clean water for homes, farms, and businesses. However,  water wells are not a one-time installation, and then forget about it—they require regular maintenance to ensure proper functioning and reliability. This article will explore the key components of a private water well system and highlight the importance of keeping them well-maintained.

What is a Private Water Well?

C&J specializes in installing private water wells designed to access underground aquifers, providing reliable and sustainable water sources. We use special machines that use mud or air to drill into the earth. After drilling, we put a casing, which is like a protective pipe, into the hole. We seal it off from the ground with something called pressure grouting. These wells are made to give people water for drinking and watering plants.

Main Components in a Water Well System

Water Well Pump—The water well pump is a device that moves water from underground into your home. Keeping this pump in good working condition is crucial to help ensure a constant fresh water supply. Consulting a professional for regular maintenance and servicing is essential to maintain the pump’s efficiency and integrity.

Water Well Pressure Tank—The water well pressure tank, working in conjunction with a pressure switch, is vital in regulating water pressure in the system. Choosing the right tank size is important based on several factors, such as pump size, well production, household water usage, etc. Regular maintenance of this tank contributes to efficient water flow throughout your home. 

Water Well Pressure Switch—The water well pressure switch controls when the pump turns on and off based on the correct pressure levels. Regular inspection of the pressure switch is necessary to help ensure proper functioning. If any issues are detected, prompt action should be taken to prevent well system disruptions. It is recommended to consider replacing a pressure switch after several years, even if it appears to function correctly.

Private Water Well Components Require Regular Preventive Maintenance

Private water wells are a valuable long-term investment for getting clean water. With proper care, they can last for many years and provide high-quality water. However, it is important to remember that wells need regular maintenance. Annual inspections of your well are recommended to keep everything working smoothly. Additionally, it’s recommended to have your well cleaned out every ten years to remove any buildup and freshen up the well screen. Regular maintenance of your well helps ensure the ongoing safety of your water supply and effectively monitor for any potential contaminants.

Furthermore, to keep your well water safe, it is important to keep hazardous chemicals away from it. These chemicals can include paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and motor oil, among others. Properly separating your well and buildings, waste systems, or areas where chemicals are stored is important. Also, create a “clean” zone of at least 50 feet between your well and areas where kennels or livestock are kept. To help ensure everything is up to code and your well is properly protected, consider working with a licensed and professional water well contractor like C&J.

Also, remember to regularly check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing. It should be in good condition and securely attached. The seal on the cover is important because it keeps out insects and rodents, so ensure it works properly.

It’s also essential to keep your well records in a safe place. These records include the construction report, annual water well system maintenance, and water testing results. By keeping these records, you can easily keep track of the care and quality of your well over time and not miss any scheduled maintenance.

It’s also crucial to get your water tested whenever you notice any changes in taste, odor, or appearance. This is especially important after your water system has been serviced. Testing your water can help ensure it’s safe to drink.

Having your well checked and tested yearly is a good idea to stay on top of things. This helps identify any mechanical issues, ensures cleanliness, and detects the presence of certain contaminants. Dangerous contaminants may include coliform bacteria, nitrates/nitrites, and other local concerns like arsenic and radon and may require more advanced water tests. It is essential to regularly maintain your well to help ensure the ongoing safety of your water supply and to monitor for the presence of any potential contaminants effectively.

We know how important it is to care for your private well, and C&J Well Company is here to help. We offer affordable, preventive maintenance services for your private water well system. These services are designed to keep your well in great shape and avoid any early problems with its components. Preventive maintenance is about giving you peace of mind, knowing that experienced professionals are ready to help if anything goes wrong with your system.

Are you curious to learn more about water well maintenance? Reach out to us today! We’re here to answer any questions and provide you with the information you need to keep your well in top condition.