Access to fresh water is something that many people take for granted. If you live in an area where personal wells provide fresh water for homes, then understanding how to monitor the health of your well is essential. It's important to use all your senses when checking the status of your well.
Here are three ways you can use your senses to determine if your well is functioning properly.
1. Use your nose to check for strange odors.
As you inspect your well for signs of damage, it's imperative that you are using your nose to check for any strange odors that might be present. It's possible for your well to become dirty, and when this happens the moist environment becomes suitable for bacterial growth.
The sudden presence of a rotten-egg smell could indicate that bacterial growth has increased. Although these bacteria don't pose a health risk, they could stain your laundry or clog up your plumbing. Be sure to have a well specialist evaluate the quality of your water as soon as you notice any abnormal odors coming from your well.
2. Use your ears to listen for unusual sounds coming from the pump.
Your well likely relies on a submersible pump in order to move water from the well into your home. Since the pump must be completely submerged by water to work properly, changes in the water table could cause significant problems.
As you inspect your well for signs of damage, be sure that you are listening for any chugging or sputtering sounds coming from your pump. These sounds could indicate that the pump is sucking in both air and water, and the pump will need to be lowered to prevent serious damage in the future.
3. Use your eyes to evaluate the condition of your well's water.
Visual inspections are one of the easiest ways to spot a problem with the quality of your well water. If you notice that the water in your well looks cloudier than usual, or if you see excessive growth of slimy colonies of bacteria along the surface of the water and on the walls of your well, these could be signs of bacterial problems.
Be sure to contact a qualified professional from a company that deals with water well drilling and water quality to test the quality of your water when you notice visual abnormalities in order to prevent contaminated well water from making you family sick.
Using your senses of smell, sound, and sight to inspect your well will ensure that you are able to address any problems that could compromise your access to fresh water in the future.