Maintaining your Water Well can be a real game changer! But what exactly do you need to do in order to maintain it? This is a common question we get often, especially for new homeowners. Well there are certain tasks that need to be done, some yearly, some every 3 to 5 years, and even some as far out as 5-10 years.

Does this sound overwhelming to you? Don’t worry here is a breakdown of everything you need to do in order to keep up with the yearly maintenance of your water well.

 Every year:

  • Test for at least bacteria, nitrates, and arsenic
  • Perform a flow test
  • Perform a visual inspection for damage
  • Check valves
  • Test electrical conductance (EC)
  • Consider scheduling a check up with a licensed contractor

Every 3 to 5 years:

  • Test for pH, lead, arsenic, nitrates, hardness and total dissolved solids (TDS)
  • Test for contaminants related to nearby land uses (for example, check pesticides for agriculture or methane for gas drilling)
  • Consider testing for Volatile Organic Compounds (from oil or gas or other industrial-type leakages into nearby groundwater)
  • Pump septic systems

Every 5 to 10 years:

  • Test for metals, minerals and other inorganics including:
  • Arsenic (As)
  • Aluminum (Al)
  • Barium (Ba)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Chromium (Cr)
  • Fluoride (F)
  • Iron (Fe)
  • Lead (Pb)
  • Manganese (Mn)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Selenium (Se)
  • Silver (Ag)
  • Properly decommission any well that has been inactive for 10+ years

*We recommend checking off each of the well maintenance tasks listed above, as you go through the lifespan of your well*

Keeping Your Well Water Safe All Year

On top of the general rules for annual water testing, always test your well water quality after major changes to smell, taste, and appearance during any time of the year.

Check your state’s well maintenance requirements to see if additional routine testing is needed. Hold on to all your records on water quality data, service and repairs, and disinfection history to keep tabs on changes to your well’s health over time.

Always Contact a Professional for Well Service

Most well owners fail miserably while trying to service their private water well. Well cleaning companies have proper equipment and skilled professionals who are highly experienced in this field. Therefore, you should always hire a professional for well service instead of trying to do it yourself.