18 Feb Winter Well Water Tips and Tricks(Last Updated On: July 26, 2018)
Winter weather can cause problems for homeowners. For homeowners that rely on wells to provide high quality water for their families, then winter may cause additional problems. Mother Nature can aggravate any potential well-related problems.
So save yourself some aggravation, along with time and money by understanding potential winter well water concerns.
Winter Well Water Maintenance
Like most things around the house, preventative maintenance goes a long way to help.
Homeowners that rely on well water understand that routine maintenance is part of the picture. Winter maintenance is important because winter weather brings frozen ground and layers of snow that cause delays if your well has any issues.
To help homeowners, there are a few tips to keep your water safe and sound during the winter.
- Visually inspect all well equipment, particularly the well cap or and well casing to ensure the cap securely fits.
- Ensure the land around the wellhead slopes away from the well (and confirm the area is free of debris).
- Keep all contaminants, such as motor oil, fertilizer or pesticides away from the well.
- Test the water immediately if there are any changes in odor, taste or appearance.
Water quality is of the utmost importance, so if you have any questions or concerns, then consult a professional to inspect your well and ensure the safety of your water and family.
If you have any concerns about your well water system, then SolvIt provides Free Well Water Tests. Your water is too important to risk. If you have any concerns then contact someone today!
Common Well Water Problems
Winter weather may cause a few common problems for homeowners. Wells are designed to access groundwater that does not freeze, which is why most of your well components are below the freeze line.
However, problems do arise and homeowners should be prepared to watch out for possible signs of danger. Generally, look at the weather report because extreme cold can be dangerous to anything that is outside. In particular, damage to pipes and pumps may result from excessive exposure to frigid temperatures.
Although most of the well is underground, pipes are still required to bring the water from the well into the home. During the winter, extreme temperatures can cause the pipes to freeze.
To prevent pipes from freezing, wrap the pipes with insulation or heat tape. For pipes that are protected within the home, consider adding insulation to these walls as well.
Many well pumps are installed under the ground, which are typically protected from winter weather conditions. To avoid well pump issues, then inspect the well hole to ensure it is sealed properly.
Some well utilize above ground well pumps. Protect the well pump from the harsh elements and keep key components from freezing.
Winter storms can bring power outages. For homeowners with well pumps, then losing power could mean a loss of water as well. To avoid losing water during a power outage, then many homeowners install portable generators. Typically portable generators require gasoline, diesel or natural gas to provide electricity to the well.
Additionally, it is a good idea to keep a backup supply of fresh water inside the home in case of an extended power outage.
SolvIt has the experience and skill to bring about long-lasting solutions for any home water needs. In addition to well water maintenance, we help ensure families have high quality water through water softening and filtration systems.
For a free in-home water analysis and proposal on the water treatment solution that’s right for you, contact SolvIt today.