Your well acts as the water supply to your home in the event that you do not have access to a municipal water supply system. However, just like all other types of water supply systems, your well needs to be properly maintained to ensure the cleanliness and adequate supply of your water. Understanding some of the warning signs associated with a well that is in dire need of being properly cleaned can help you determine when you need to get in touch with a plumbing contractor to service your well water system.
Varied Water Pressure
One of the first signs associated with a well that has become excessively dirty is an inconsistent level of water pressure. Over time, sediment and dissolved minerals that can be found in minute quantities within your water supply can begin to build up in your well's plumbing and even within the well pump itself, reducing how well water can flow to your home. Flushing the pipes is an effective way to remove this buildup: however, in some cases variable water pressure can be attributed to a damaged or aging pump, which means that a professional inspection is likely necessary to determine whether pipe cleaning or pump replacement is the best course of action.
Increased Utility Bills
Another sign that your well needs to be cleaned is if you notice that your monthly energy bills are increasing seemingly without cause. This can be because of a partial clog somewhere within your well system, which means that your well pump has to operate for longer periods of time to move the same amount of water that you normally use into your home. Having your well cleaned can help reduce these utility bills and ensure that your pump is not in constant operation and thus more likely to break down.
Finally, the last and most obvious reason that your well needs to be cleaned as soon as possible is if you find that the water coming out of your taps and water fixtures is not clear. Any presence of rust, dirt, sediment or other dissolved minerals can point to damage within your well system. Watch out for signs of dirty water that can exist even while the water is completely transparent: a bad taste and a strong odor can point to the presence of mold spores and bacteria within your well water, which is a serious health concern.