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5 Steps to Take After Moving Into a Home With a Well

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When you move into a home equipped with a well, know that you have some work on your hands. As a new owner, you should learn how the well works and develop an ability to recognize a problem with the well so you can keep the well operating efficiently and save money on repairs. Learn some of the steps you need to take to work towards this goal.

1. Request a Flow Rate Report

A well may travel more than one thousand feet below the surface. Given its depth, you can't possibly look at a well and assess how much water remains inside or how long it will last. A flow rate report will provide you with this information.
Flow rate reports are drafted based on well monitoring over a set period that measures the rate at which water is extracted from the well. Based on the reading, you will be able to tell what range the well is in.
 
A well-servicing company can perform this test for you.

2. Review Maintenance Records

Wells require ongoing maintenance to remain in good condition. You should review the past owners' maintenance records to get an indication of how committed to maintenance the owner was. For example, look at the records to ensure the well has been inspected within the last year, as annual inspections are an excellent starting point.
Also, look at the repair history. For example, if you see several frequent repairs to the well pump, this could mean that the pump is reaching its expiration point and that you may need to replace it soon.

3. Locate a Servicing Company 

Maintenance can help you avoid most issues with your water well, but the inevitable could also happen. For instance, after a power outage, the well pump could fail. When the pump is malfunctioning, this also means that you don't have any water flowing into your home.
Rather than try to locate and interview service companies when you're facing an emergency, the more sensible option is to find a company to assist you before you need them. Once you locate a company, go ahead and schedule your next annual inspection in case you forget. You can also keep this company's number on hand in case of emergencies.

4. Test the Water

As a precaution, have the water tested, especially if the previous owner has provided you with little documentation about the condition of the well. People typically associate dirty well water with discoloration or an unfavorable odor, but contaminated water can also appear perfectly healthy, which is why you should always test the water.
For instance, an excessive amount of fluoride in water doesn't change the appearance of the water or cause staining, but it can create dental concerns, particularly in children. Have the water tested to ensure the water is balanced and contaminate-free.

5. Research Local Information

Although the well is on your property, it is regulated by the state and California has several guidelines homeowners must know to avoid a violation of these guidelines. For instance, should you decide to deconstruct the well in the future, you must go about the process in a certain way to avoid aquifer contamination.
The state often requires the unused well to be filled with concrete and that the step is performed by a state licensed contractor. Any construction to the well will likely come with similar requirements. The servicing provider you partner with should be able to provide you with all the state-specific information you need for maintaining your well.
Follow these tips to keep issues to a minimum and keep your repair costs lower. At Loverin Pump & Drilling Co, we are equipped to assist you with all your well and pump concerns. Contact us to learn how we can help.

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