When You Need A New Well
Your current well may have performed wonderfully for decades, providing you with plentiful fresh water with few or no problems. In fact, it may have successfully weathered several serious droughts. However, weather patterns are changing and population centers are shifting, putting more strain on some water tables. If you own a well, you should know the signs of failure.
Water Pressure and Quality
If the water begins to come sputtering out of the tap, you may be experiencing low water levels in your private well. The water may also be dirty or even muddy. These are signs of a real problem, but other things besides the water level may be the cause. For instance, you may have a faulty pump or a problem with the pipes leading from the well into your home. In some cases, your submersible pump can simply be lowered so that enough water is above it to keep proper water pressure into your home. A well specialist can determine if repairing your well is an option. If not, a new well is in order.
A well is expected to last approximately 20 to 30 years. If your well is in that age bracket and has shown a steady decline in water production in recent years, you may need to consider drilling a new well. Before you make that decision, you can consult an expert about various remediation methods for under-producing wells, including deepening your current well or applying high-pressure water injections to "break open" rock and potentially increase water flow. Although these methods are often effective, you may decide that your money is better invested in a new well that should last for decades.
Your well water should be routinely tested, whether it appears suspect or not. If your water has high levels of bacteria that cannot be controlled by disinfecting your well, the casing to your well may be cracked or the groundwater your well draws from may be contaminated by a septic tank or other bacteria-laden sources. In these instances, you need to consult a professional about your options. Sometimes the only remedy is to have a new well dug in a different location, away from the contamination source. A geotechnical drilling contractor, like those at Haz-Tech Drilling Inc., can determine where your new well should be placed in order to give you a long-lasting supply of healthy water.
Your well will tell you when it has problems, including going dry or being contaminated. Make certain that you do not ignore these issues. You should have your well water routinely tested and consult with a professional when you experience any volume or quality problems. A new well may be your best choice to ensure a proper water source for you and your family.