4 Steps To Prepare Your Well For Winter

If you depend on well water to provide your home with water for cooking, cleaning and drinking, it is important to prepare your well for winter in order to keep it running at its best. If your pump freezes and the water pressure slows, you can be without water until things begin to thaw or until you call a professional come and fix the pump for you. These tips will help you prepare your well for the colder months ahead.

Check for Damage

Examine the entire area around your well. Inspect for any cracks in the casing, and look for any signs of possible leaks in the area, including standing water or areas that appear to have moisture. Locate the well cap, note any damage, and make sure the cap fits securely.

Inspect the Land

Look at the land that surrounds your well. This should slope away from the well in order to prevent any standing water. The location should also be free from fallen limbs and other debris, and you should remove any brush that has overgrown around the perimeter of the well.

Storing Contaminates

Never store chemicals in your well house, including motor oil, lawn chemical preparations, fertilizers, paint and paint thinner, gasoline, and even pesticides. Avoid keeping anything near your well that could spill and contaminate your water source. Animals trying to get warm outside may gravitate to your well house and knock them over.

Testing Water

If you notice any signs of contaminated water, including discoloration or a change in odor, you should contact a certified well water contractor at Economy Well Service Inc. to diagnose the cause. Don't wait until the ground is frozen and your well has to be shoveled out in order to find out the cause. You will pay much more in maintenance fees if you wait until the dead of winter to get someone to come out.  An odor in your hot water could indicate an anode rod problem or rust in your water system. If the odor is in your cold water it is probably bacteria. Discoloration can result after heavy storms or as a sign of rust.

Well water is an excellent way for you to be self-sufficient, but you should make sure your well is in top condition before winter sets in if you want to continue to have fresh water when temperatures drop. By looking for a few simple problems in your system, you can be assured you system will run all season long with ease.