Just Moved Into A House With A Well? 3 Things You Need To Know

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If you just moved into a house with its own well, here are a few tips that will allow you to keep things running smoothly and safely. It is important to take steps to protect your well water so that you always have clean water to drink and use. 

#1 Keep Hazardous Materials Away From Your Well

It may seem obvious that you should keep hazardous materials away from your well; however, it can be easy to overlook what in your well is really hazardous in your home. Many common household items, such as motor oil, paints, and most fertilizers and pesticides are not things that you want getting into your well or groundwater. That is why you should keep such items stored far away from your well. You should also be careful and make sure that you don't use these items --especially pesticides and fertilizers-- near your well. 

#2 Check The Well Cap

Next, you should go out and check the well cap a couple of times a year. You want to make sure that the well cap is secure and that no people or animals can gain access to your well. If you live somewhere with a really cold climate, you may also want to have a small little house built around your well to keep snow off your well during the wintertime. Keep in mind that your well should have room for air to circulate and should be above ground at least a foot. You don't want to pile up dirt or other times around your well. 

#3 Get Your Well Professionally Tested

Finally, it is important to get your well professionally inspected and tested once a year, even if everything seems right with your well. The first thing the inspection should cover is all mechanical components, which should be inspected and fixed if necessary. Second, the inspector should clean your well and make sure that all parts are as clean as possible. Finally, the inspector should be sure to test for contaminants and make sure that they are not getting into your water. Common contaminants include things such as nitrates, coli form bacteria, radon and arsenic. These types of contaminants should be tested for so that they can be quickly dealt with should they appear on a test-- before they affect your health. 

For more tips and advice on how to take care of your well, talk with your local well expert, such as one from Golden Gate Well Drilling & Water Conditioning.

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