Did you know a single U.S. citizen uses nearly 88 gallons of water at home every day? And every human being should drink at least 8 glasses of uncontaminated water per day for optimum health.
This makes water one of the most valuable and cherished commodities in the world. For this reason, it’s important to ensure you have access to high-quality water.
Let’s take a look at 5 things you need to know about well maintenance in Arizona.
Wells in the Desert
Arizona can be an enjoyable and fun place to live. It’s also very dry.
You’ll want to make sure you follow a well maintenance checklist to ensure pleasant summer months.
1. Prevention is Key
According to a National Ground Water Association (NGWA) survey, 80% of people have never had a well inspection.
Experts recommend well maintenance annually, or sooner if you notice a problem.
As with most things, a small, insignificant issue can morph into an expensive problem fast.
To keep your well functioning at its peak for as long as possible, having an AZ well professional is key to identifying potential problems and fixing them before they become a major issue or even cause your well to completely stop working.
You’ll also want to know what’s in your drinking water to prevent your family from falling victim to contaminants and resulting illness.
As part of a professional well inspection, your AZ contractor will test the water for contaminants, bacteria, and other potentially dangerous elements in the water you, your loved ones, and your animals might be ingesting.
2. Choose an AZ Water Well Professional
Not all well pump companies are equal, so it’s a good idea to do some research before hiring a well contractor. Always ensure you use licensed, bonded, and insured pump installers and well drillers for any professional services for your well, such as well construction or pump replacement.
Additionally, look for a well-established company that has the experience and know-how to handle any type of well issue you might come across. Check online reviews to see what kind of experience others have had before hiring a well professional to do work on your property.
3. Annual Well Maintenance Checks
Schedule Annual Well Maintenance Checks
As mentioned earlier, it is recommended that you have annual maintenance done on your well system to get the best performance from your well for as long as possible. Have a qualified professional examine and assess the functioning of your well.
This professional will check for:
- Bacteria and other contaminants
- Sand or sediment in the water
- Functioning of the pressure tank, pump motor, and pressure switch
- Flow test and water level check
- Visual inspection to ensure equipment is sanitary and up to code
- Any other issue that could cause a problem with your well or the quality of the water
Note: While yearly maintenance checks are important, don’t wait for your next service date if your water has changed in odor, taste, or appearance. These could be signs of a potentially harmful situation. Be proactive and implement this preventative measure.
4. Avoid Hazardous Substances
You can protect your well water by avoiding activities that can introduce potentially hazardous substances near your well. A few common household items that should be on your radar include:
- Herbicides or pesticides
- Rat poison
- Motor oil
- Insect repellent
- Other pollutants
If you are mixing or handling any of the above items, be sure to do it a safe distance from the well. Avoid backflow of unwanted substances into your water supply by using a backflow preventer.
When you’re combining fertilizers, pesticides or other chemicals, don’t place the hose inside the container. This can lead to residue contacting the hose and consequently your drinking water.
Either eliminate these chemicals from your household or keep them away from your well to avoid water contamination.
5. The End of its Serviceable Life
A well generally has a serviceable life of at least two decades, although due to various factors you may start seeing decreased performance and water quality sooner. When your well has reached the end of its life, be sure to enlist the help of a qualified professional to dig a new well and adequately seal your old well.
The Best in Well Maintenance, Testing and Pump Installation
Clean water is essential for any household, and water is even more vital in hot, arid climates like we have in Arizona.
This is why it’s so important to ensure your well is performing at its peak.
Call Pump It Up Pump Services, Inc. and let one of our professionals answer your water well pump questions or need to schedule a well pump inspection — Call 623-582-5069 now!