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5 Water Well Maintenance Tips for Winter

Regular water well maintenance is essential for reducing the chances of expensive breakdowns- that’s the last thing you need.

As many as 15% of the States drink water from private wells. With that in mind, it’s important to ensure regular maintenance to avoid any inconvenience or dangerous contamination.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into our top well water maintenance tips for winter!

1. Never Service Your Own Well

If you suspect something’s wrong, the worst thing you can do is try and service it yourself.

There’s a good chance you’ll make the issue worse, making it more costly in the long run.

Our number one maintenance rule is to always hire a professional to fix an issue. You won’t regret it!

2. Commission an Annual Maintenance Check

Get into the habit of commissioning an annual maintenance check for your well. Your professional inspection should include:

  1. A flow test: this determines system output, as well as the water levels both before and after pumping.
  2. Pump motor performance: this measures the amp load and line voltage
  3. Pressure tank contact
  4. Water quality: these checks should tackle any odors or problems with water clarity. The water should be tested for dangerous bacteria that could cause harm either to yourself or your neighbor’s.

In addition to the four factors above, your well’s equipment should be inspected to ensure they comply with local safety regulations.

Once all the checks are completed, you should be sent a report summarizing and explaining what they’ve found as well as any recommendations for improvement.

3. Be Careful What You Put Down Your Well

It’s imperative you keep hazardous chemicals away from your well. For example:

  • Paint,
  • Fertilizer,
  • Manure,
  • Pesticides,
  • Oil

You get the idea!

You can ensure accidents don’t occur by maintaining a decent separation from both you well and any other buildings and waste disposal systems.

Some regulations lay out the bare minimum requirements, so if you can heed extra caution- go above and beyond.

4. Things to Look out for

There are things you should actively look out for.

We recommend well owners check their well cover once every couple of months to ensure it’s in good working order.

It’s imperative you take care of your well cover. Otherwise, you run the risk of your well becoming unsanitary. Our best advice is to take special care if you have to mow the lawn nearby or use sharp tools close to the location of your well.

You want to avoid accidental damage at all costs. In light of that, never pile anything on top of your well. This includes snow, mud, rocks, leaves, etc.

You should also make it your business to monitor any changes to the water your well generates. That way you can nip any issues in the bud before any severe complications arise.

For More on Water Well Maintenance

If you found this feature on water well maintenance interesting, then we’re confident you’ll love the other posts over on our blog.

Alternatively, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us. We’ll get back to you with a helpful answer as soon as possible!


As an expert winter well water maintenance company, Empire Pump specializes in servicing and maintaining residential water wells to ensure safe drinking water. Call 623-582-5069 now to schedule an appointment or to have your questions answered!


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