Even though modern residential wells are designed to last for decades, they still require constant maintenance. Ignoring your well and all of its components for just a few months could result in expensive damage, time-consuming repairs, and tainted water. These few tips and tricks will help you keep your residential well clean and efficient throughout the year.
Visually Inspect the System for Leaks Weekly
A few drops of water a minute can cause an immense amount of damage within a day or two, and that is why you should visually inspect the entire system at least once a week. That includes the control box, release valve, pressure switch, pressure tank, and pipes. If you notice any leaks, then you must immediately turn the system off and contact a well contractor. In many cases, slow leaks can easily be fixed as long as they are caught before the damage is too extensive.
Clean the Cooling Fans Monthly
Overheating is a very common problem in residential water pumps, and the easiest way to avoid that problem is to clean the cooling fans at least once a month. It is especially important to inspect and clean the fans when the weather starts to warm up. During the colder months of the year, animals might try to make nests in the shrouding around the cooling fans. That debris could cause irreversible damage to the pump if it isn’t removed as quickly as possible.
Test the Water Annually
Most experts agree that well water should be tested at least once a year, and you can find a certified testing company on the EPA’s website or through your State Laboratory Board. If the water has contaminants, then you will need to invest in a filtration system such as a well water chlorinator, infrared filter, or reverse osmosis system.
In addition to these few tips, you should also consider having your well professionally serviced at least once a year. A licensed inspector can check for issues such as adapter leaks, contaminated pipes, and microorganisms in the water.