Dealing with Common Well Issues

March 2, 2017

If you are one of those people who still uses well water, you might run into some problems in the maintenance and repair department. Even something as simple as a well requires maintenance. While this is a very inexpensive way to get good clean water, it is also a less common method these days.

The following is a short list of warning signs that can tell you when your well is malfunctioning and thus in need of repair. When these signs are observed, you should contact a professional as soon as possible. If you are looking for a water well contractor Forsyth County NC has no shortage of good options. You should be sure to look for a company with plenty of experience. Newer companies tend to be much less helpful when it comes to well issues. Let’s face it, this is an older kind of water system and many people are just not experienced enough with it. Searching for a company that has been in business for at least 20 years will do a lot to alleviate this problem.

One big indicator of a well problem is discolored water. Sometimes this is not really a big deal. A tiny bit of discoloration can be dealt with using simple disinfectants unless there is an underlying issue that causes a continuous problem. If you cannot deal with this problem through the use of disinfectants like bleach, it means that something in your well is not working properly. There are numerous aspects of a modern well that are intended to isolate the collected water from the surrounding environment for maximum sterility. When one or more of these barriers break down the result tends to be contamination.

But before you pick up the phone, be sure to check your water filter first. Unless you are really doing it the old fashioned way and hauling your water up in buckets, your well works using an electric pump that is designed to pull water through a filter on its way to your household pipes. Like all filters, it gets dirty and must be changed from time to time. So, remember, it could just be as simple as that!

If this discoloration is accompanied by a noticeable loss in water volume output (i.e. less water coming out of the tap) you might even have a problem with your aquifer being depleted. When the water level is low, it tends to be browner, due to the fact that sediment-containing water is heavier than clear water. It tends to settle at a lower depth, so when your water level drops you can end up drawing in a lot of brown water.

There is a simple and low-tech way to measure the water level of your well. Take a long piece of string or other cordage and tie a rock to one end. Now carefully lower the rock and the string into the well until you have reached the bottom. From there, you just pull the string back up and see where the wetness ends.