Living in the country is a goal of many Floridians, and reality for many more. However, the bliss of wilderness comes with certain obligations that city folk are fortunate enough to live without. Most rural homeowners have in their mind the pros and cons of country living – with well water systems likely topping the cons column. Unlike city dwellers that go about living life with little concern for the maintenance of their running water, ruralites are forced to monitor and maintain water systems regularly, or else risk polluted water. If the water system experiences equipment problems, the home may experience periods without any water at all. Before you decide to move or make a well water system purchase, read Rapid-Rooter’s five things to know before and after you buy.
If relocating to a rural area where well systems are required, it will benefit you to educate yourself on owning and maintaining a well water 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 a 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 adequate amounts of organics, thus 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 that 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 like Rapid-Rooter to assist you until you understand your well system fluently.
Finally, and most importantly, identify your well point. Most well water 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 as it is possible for storms and other natural disturbances to damage your system.
The best way to deal with well water system issues is to contact Rapid-Rooter. Call 877-202-6874 for your free estimate or schedule your service online and a representative will be in touch shortly.