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Choosing a Well Services Contractor

Homeowners with well water typically experience higher maintenance costs than those with municipal water, but those costs can be minimized with preventative testing and maintenance. Some well contractors are licensed to provide drilling, repair, and sealing services, while other well contractors perform only a single service, such as installing well pumps. Well water should be tested once a year or whenever there’s drastic changes to the water’s appearance, taste, or odor. Wells with above-ground pumps can be repaired more easily than wells with submersible pumps. Fortunately, most submersible pumps are designed to last up to 25 years.

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What is a water well?

A water well is a hole that’s dug or drilled into the ground to access groundwater aquifers. A pump and pipe are used to pull water out of the ground. The right type of water well for your property depends on the soil or material that’s being drilled into and how much water is being pumped out. A water well should be installed by a professional water well contractor.

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How often should I have my well cleaned or serviced?

Regular water well maintenance can reduce risks to your water supply and prevent failures. Wells should be inspected annually by a qualified water well professional. There are a handful of signs that could indicate a need for well cleaning:

  • Well water is cloudy or has suspended matter in it
  • A decrease in the well’s capacity
  • Water has developed a bad taste or odor
  • Water tests positive for coliform or biological activity
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What type of well pump do I need?

The right well pump depends on factors like whether the well is shallow or deep and the diameter of the well casing. Centrifugal pumps are typically the cheapest and best for shallow wells. They work by generating suction through an internal fan. Submersible pumps are the most popular due to the fact that they can typically be installed in both shallow and deep wells. Jet pumps are the most powerful type of well pump, but also more expensive than submersible pumps. Pumps are rated in gallons per minute (GPM). The correct size pump for your well system depends on the number of appliances and fixtures and the number of occupants in the home.

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Why does my well water smell like rotten eggs?

Hydrogen sulfide found in well water can create a “rotten egg” smell. While hydrogen sulfide typically doesn’t cause immediate health problems, it is definitely unpleasant. Hydrogen sulfide is a colorless gas that can exist naturally in groundwater. If you have suddenly noticed a “rotten egg” smell in your well water, contact a water well system professional.

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How do I increase water pressure from my well?

A well system’s water pressure is typically controlled by the well pump pressure switch. Increasing your water pressure might be as simple as adjusting the pressure switch. However, there are other issues, such as blockages within the pipes, that can cause a decrease in water pressure. Other possible solutions for increasing your well pump’s water pressure include installing a constant pressure valve, a variable speed pump, or adding pressure tank capacity. A water well system professional can help you solve your water pressure problem or other issues within your system.

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How much does it cost to install a well?

The cost of drilling a private water well is typically quote per foot and varies depending on the type of soil or material being drilled through. Installing the casing and adding a well cap is typically quoted in the price of drilling the well. A well pump, a pressurized storage tank, underground piping, and electrical wiring can add several thousand dollars to the total cost. HomePro Match makes it easy to get a quote from a water well systems professional near you.

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