If you own a summer home with a well as its water supply source, it is important to perform maintenance on the well for general upkeep. Doing so will ensure that your system is running as it should and that the water is clean and safe for use. At Perry’s Pump Repair LLC, we provide well repair service in Gainesville, FL.
If a well is not used for long periods of time, the water may pick up unpleasant odors and tastes due to the minerals in the soil and rock as well as the oxygen coming into contact with the water. The first step in opening up the well is to turn on every tap and faucet in the property for five minutes. This will remove all stagnant water in the pipes and pressure tank and begin to flush the well. If the quality of the water is still poor, you may have to run the water longer, so all of the old water is flushed out and new water is flowing into the well.
Once the sitting water has been flushed out and new water is flowing through, it needs to be tested for bacteria and nitrates. A home testing kit will work fine as an initial test. If bacteria or nitrate is found above 10 milligrams per liter, contact a professional. At Perry’s Pump Repair LLC, we can conduct further testing for well pumps. In the meantime, bottled water should be used for drinking and not the well. Once further testing is performed, it is important to keep a record of the test results to compare them with the following years in case there are any trends in water quality.
Water treatment systems require maintenance every so often to ensure that everything is functioning properly and that water quality doesn’t suffer, especially with long periods of inactivity. Failing to provide proper maintenance could lead to contaminant concentration at unsafe levels and promote bacteria growth. Also, be careful not to overload your summer home’s wastewater system. Using more water than the septic system is designed to handle could lead to serious risks to the well.
After your time at your summer home, it is important to properly close down the well. Rather than just closing off a valve, be sure to turn off the electricity to the water pump. This will prevent water from continually leaking from any connection valve. If your summer home is located in an area where temperatures can drop below freezing during the winter months, drain all water from your pipes and treatment system. Frozen water in your system could rupture pipes or seriously damage the inside of your system, leading to possible water damage and the need for well repair or a water pump replacement.
At Perry’s Pump Repair LLC, we are dedicated to providing our customers with reliable services so that they are never left without clean and safe water for too long. Contact us today for high-quality well pump repair services in Gainesville, FL.