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What You Should Know About Well Water Systems

Living in the country is a goal of many Floridians, and reality for many more.   However, the wilderness’ proposition of bliss comes with certain obligations that city folk are fortunate enough to live without.  Most rural homeowners have in their mind (if not on an actual written list) the pros and cons of country living.  Well water systems are probably on the top of the objection list.

Unlike city dwellers that go about living life with minimal concern about the maintenance of their running water, residents further away from town are forced to monitor and maintain water systems regularly, or else be subjected to the risk of polluted water.  If the water system experiences equipment problems, the home may quite possibly experience short periods without water at all.

If you plan on relocating to a more rural area where well systems are required, it will be to your benefit to educate yourself on owning and maintaining a well system before the big move.  When first claiming your property, you should conduct a basic water test on the current system in place.   It is highly suggested to initially retrieve a water sample from the well itself, and also a sample from inside the home (from the faucet).

Before purchasing anything for your well system, it is important to know the types of minerals and organics that are currently in the water.  This step will identify the appropriate substances, chemicals and equipment necessary to properly balance the water.   For example, some water tests will show high iron levels; others will indicate high sulfur, or organic levels.  Without a proper diagnosis, you could end up spending more money than necessary.

A basic water system will include a pump, pressure tank and water softener.  Some softeners are effective enough to remove an adequate amount of organics; avoiding the requirement to purchase additional equipment.   However, if the softener is not sufficiently removing unwanted organics; or if other high levels of minerals are present, additional equipment may be required to produce quality water.

Sporadically, your well system may encounter pump problems.  It’s a good idea to do a visual check of your equipment frequently to make sure your pump isn’t running too long, and the water pressure is at the level it should be.  If a pump seems to be a problem, it is suggested you contact the manufacturer, or hire a professional to assist you until you understand your well system fluently.

Finally and most importantly, identify your well point.  Most systems have a well point that comes out of the ground somewhere within the property.  It is extremely important that this well point is protected from obstruction.  Vehicles, mowers and any threatening mechanism should be kept far away from the well point.  It’s also a good idea to provide a cover for your water system equipment.  Storms and other natural disturbances can damage your system.

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