There are many benefits to installing a water well in your garden. You can enjoy a crisp glass of water, or use the well to water the plants in your garden. Whatever the reason may be, enough emphasis cannot be placed on the fact that you will need to maintain your water well, without which the water could end up getting contaminated. With that out of the way, let’s look at a few ways you can go about maintaining your water well.
Check the Well Cap/Cover on a Weekly Basis
By checking the well cap/cover on a weekly basis, you can prevent a disaster in the making. If it is not obvious enough, a broken cover/cap can cause pollution. If you come across a broken cap/cover, hire a professional to deal with the issue immediately.
Examine the Well Pump for Leaks
The well pump will be above the well or in your basement. The pump comprises a pipe attached to a motor housing, which goes in the ground. Inspect the pipe or motor for leaks, especially frayed or loose wires. Ask a family member or friend to use the sink or flush the toilet so that you can listen to the running water. If you hear grinding noises, a professional immediately.
Get a Professional Check-Up Yearly
To make sure your well is operating properly, get it inspected more often than not. If you want to find a reliable professional, look for one online. Do not make do with just about anyone you come across online, do your research to make sure you are making the right decision. If you cannot find a certified or licensed water well professional, then get a recommendation from your health department.
Hire a Professional for Corrosion or Cracks
If you come across cracks or corrosion on your well, then there is nothing stopping from pollutants from entering the water supply. This can end up ruining your garden, or making you or your family sick; if left unchecked. If you come across any damages at all, a professional to take a look. Apart from damages, if you notice a change in water pressure, or if the water smells or tastes odd; in either case, a professional without thinking twice.
Confirm if the Well System is Clean
One of the biggest mistakes most people make is to test the water from their well, rather than making sure the well system itself is clean in the first place. This applies to the sample tap being used as well.
Before sampling, flush the filters and the pressure tank. Remember, if you test a dirty well, there is always a chance you will get false positives.
Some reasons the system is dirty could be because of low water flow, cloudy water, or odor and taste problems. It is possible that the well may need a thorough cleaning.
Understand the Problem
When the time comes for maintenance, ask your contractor to explain the problem. This way, you will have a better understanding of what you are dealing with, and thus be able to fix it accordingly.
Well owners mostly get frustrated because they do not understand their well system, which means they don’t understand what is wrong, when in fact only a service may be required at best.
Ask as many questions as you like. Ask away until you are completely satisfied. Once you better understand the problem, you can explore your options. Basically, with a better understanding of the different problems, you will be more confident about the decisions you make regarding the well in your garden.
Additional Tips to take into Consideration
- Keep paints, fertilizer, motor oil or any other hazardous chemicals away from the well.
- If you are landscaping, make sure the well is at least 16 inches above the ground. For proper drainage, slope the ground far from the well.
- Under no circumstance can you put the hose used to mix fertilizers, pesticides or other chemicals inside the container or tank. Back-siphonage is a no-no.
- Take great care when mowing or working around the well. Don’t pile snow, leaves or any other material around the well.
Remember that installing a pressure tank in your garden isn’t enough. Your job is not done yet. As can be seen above, there are a lot of things you will need to take care of in order to ensure your investment is worth it.
You may feel the need to hire a professional every time, which is not a bad idea in the beginning, but you will need to smarten up over time to avoid having to pay a huge amount of money for inspections, maintenance and so on. For this reason, learn as much as you can, and understand how the well in your garden works. Once you know everything there is to know about it, you will keep it running optimally all on your own.