Taking Care Of Well Pumps: Protecting You And Your Family From Water-Related Illnesses

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If you're like most homeowners, you've probably never given much thought to the water in your well for your pump. You've likely just assumed that it's safe to drink. You could put your family at risk from a wide range of potential health concerns when used for drinking or cooking. Worse yet, if you are using the water to wash vegetables and fruits, you're also increasing your risk of ingesting toxic pesticides and herbicides. Here are things that you should know about maintaining your water well and well pump:

Well Pumps and Your Drinking Water

Well pumps are responsible for providing you with clean and healthy water, but if your pump is in need of service, you could be putting your family at risk.

Bacteria can grow in the pump's lines and may cause a build-up within the system, which can lead to health problems. This bacteria could also affect the quality of your drinking water.

If you have recently had an issue with your well or well pump, it is extremely important that you contact a qualified professional immediately.

Testing Water for Contaminants

There are easy ways to tell if your well water is contaminated. If you can see sediment or debris in the water, there's a good chance that it's not safe to drink. A change in taste, odor, or color could also indicate that something is wrong with the water.

It's a good idea to have a professional test your well water annually. Testing for bacteria, nitrates, and other contaminants is pretty simple, but you'll need to be sure you're using an accredited lab.

Protecting Your Family with Proper Well Pump Maintenance

To keep your water safe, proper well pump maintenance is important. Here are some things you should know to help protect your family from water-related illnesses:

Well pump installation and maintenance can be handled by homeowners who are familiar with the equipment and process, but the job can be dangerous. Without the proper training, equipment, and precautions, a well that needs repair or maintenance can cause sickness and even death.

Before starting work on your well pump or water system, it is important to turn off the power supply to prevent electrocution. This includes turning off the power at the circuit breaker as well as unplugging any electrical cords that could get in your way and cause an accident. There is also a danger of falling into some open wells. Therefore, make sure you are working safely and have someone help if possible. 

When you are finished working on the well pump and water system, turn on all faucets in your home (including showers) to run the water until it runs clear. This ensures that there is no debris in the pipes that could make you sick.

Knowing these things will help you keep everyone safe. Contact a well pump service for help maintaining your well and equipment.

For more information on well pumps, contact a professional near you.


26 April 2022

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